Korea to downgrade bird flu alert status from highest
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[April 18, 2017] SEOUL
(Reuters) - South Korea will downgrade its bird flu alert level by one
notch from the highest level starting from Wednesday as no new cases
have been reported for about two weeks, the country's agriculture
ministry said on Tuesday.
South Korea has been grappling with its worst-ever bird flu epidemic
since the first case was confirmed in November, prompting the
country to cull over 37 million farm birds, or more than a fifth of
its total poultry population.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural affairs said in a
statement that bird flu is likely to abate, with no new cases found
since April 4.
The ministry said it will keep disinfecting farms and stay vigilant
until the country becomes bird flu-free.
(Reporting By Jane Chung; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)
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