160,000 ducks slaughtered after bird flu strikes Pyongyang, North Korea

PYONGYANG, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK)
was striving to prevent the spread of bird flu virus H5N1, the official KCNA
news agency reported Monday.
The virus found in ducks at the Tudan Duck Farm in Pyongyang was introduced
by migratory birds, the Academy of Agricultural Science said on May 7.
The KCNA said the DPRK had briefed UN agencies on the situation and culled as
many as 160,000 ducks at the farm.
More than 1,360 veterinary epidemic control teams were working throughout the
country to monitor poultry and the movement of wild birds, the KCNA said.
Measures like providing intensive hygienic information to inhabitants, as
well as quarantining fowl, duck, pigeon and other domestic poultry, had been
taken, it said.
Preventive measures against H7N9 virus had also been taken under the
direction of the State Emergency Anti-epidemic Committee, it said.
The ruling party's Rodong Sinmun newspaper said Saturday that anti-bird flu
measures had been implemented at all administrative levels of the government and
authorities were checking the health of hundreds of people everyday.