SKorea probes another suspected bird flu outbreak

SKorea probes another suspected bird flu outbreak

SKorea probes another suspected bird flu outbreak

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:52 AEDT

South Korea has reported a new suspected bird flu outbreak, as officials confirm two more cases of the virus despite a big poultry cull.

The agriculture ministry says experts have travelled to the southern port city of Busan following a report of chickens dying suddenly.

It says two outbreaks reported earlier in North Kyeongsang province have been confirmed as the virulent H5N1 strain of the virus.

More than five million chickens and ducks have been slaughtered since the latest outbreak was reported on April 5.

South Korea reported seven cases of H5N1 infection between November 2006 and March last year, resulting in the temporary suspension of poultry exports to Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and elsewhere.