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By Kang Yoon-seung
SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s agricultural authorities on Thursday confirmed two extra instances of extremely pathogenic chicken flu amid rising issues over a protracted battle in opposition to the animal illness.
The most recent instances of the H5N8 pressure of avian influenza had been recognized in Chungju, 147 kilometers south of Seoul, and in Naju, 355 kilometers south of the capital metropolis, based on the Ministry of Agriculture, Meals and Rural Affairs
They had been the primary confirmed avian influenza instances since Feb. 26.
South Korea has confirmed 105 instances of chicken flu traced to poultry farms since November final yr.
The entire variety of extremely pathogenic chicken flu instances from wild birds, in the meantime, stayed at 224 as of early Thursday.
South Korea has culled 29 million birds, which resulted in a hike within the shopper value of poultry items. The typical value of eggs jumped 44.9 p.c on-year over the previous week.