S. Korea investigating another suspected bird flu case, total now at 83

By Yonhap
Published : Feb. 2, 2021 - 11:16

A shopper chooses eggs at a supermarket in Seoul on Monday. (Yonhap)

South Korea said Tuesday it is investigating another suspected case of highly pathogenic bird flu, with the total confirmed caseload traced to poultry farms here since November reaching 83.

The latest suspected case of the H5N8 strain of avian influenza came from an egg farm in Icheon, just south of Seoul, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The number of confirmed infections traced to wild birds also reached 127 as of Tuesday.

South Korea has so far culled nearly 25 million poultry to prevent the spread of the virus among local farms, which led to an uptick in the consumer price of poultry goods.

The average consumer price of eggs especially continued to rise, advancing 42.1 percent on-year over the past week. Prices of chicken and duck meat increased 16.4 percent and 40.1 percent, respectively, over the period.

To stabilize prices, the country recently decided to import a total of 50,000 tons of fresh eggs and seven other types of egg products without tariffs until June 30.

South Korea identified a whopping 340 cases of the H5N8 strain of avian influenza traced to poultry farms during the previous wave, which ran from October 2016 to January 2017. (Yonhap)


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