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S. Korea investigating new suspected case of bird flu, caseload now at 102

An egg farm in the southeastern port city of Pohang is closed in this photo taken on Sunday, as officials started culling chickens. (Yonhap)
An egg farm in the southeastern port city of Pohang is closed in this photo taken on Sunday, as officials started culling chickens. (Yonhap)

South Korea's agricultural ministry said Saturday it is investigating yet another suspected case of highly pathogenic bird flu traced to poultry farms, with the confirmed caseload staying at 102.

The latest suspected case of the deadly H5N8 strain of avian influenza was reported from an egg farm in Pocheon, 46 kilometers north of Seoul, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

South Korea reported its first highly contagious bird flu case from farms since 2018 in November last year.

Cases traced to wild birds also continued to increase, reaching 208 on Saturday, the ministry data showed.

Authorities have culled 28.8 million poultry so far. The country has been culling birds within a 1-kilometer radius of infected farms since mid-February, which was eased from the previous guideline of 3 kilometers.

The culling of birds has led to an increase in the consumer price of poultry goods.

The average price of eggs shot up 47.9 percent on-year over the past week, while that of chicken meat also rose 14.5 percent over the period. (Yonhap)

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