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Chungbuk and Jeonnam, a highly pathogenic avian influenza AI was confirmed at a laying hen farm in South Chungcheong Province. As there is concern about the spread of highly pathogenic AI to laying hen farms, there is a possibility that it will affect egg prices.

Reporter Lee Kyung-won reports.

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is a laying hen farm in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do, where a highly pathogenic avian influenza AI occurred.

100,000 chickens and ducks raised on the farm were slaughtered as a preventive measure, and quarantine measures were installed to control movement at every 3km radius and 10km road around the farm.

A nearby farm is also in emergency.

The quarantine authorities also plan to slaughter 226,000 poultry from six other farms within a 500-meter radius of the farm.

Since this fall, there have been eight AI outbreaks in quail and broiler duck farms, but this is the first case in a laying hen farm.

[Chungcheongnam-do employee: This is the area where the highly pathogenic AI appeared on October 26th. (Nearby) Migratory birds in rivers were highly pathogenic.] A

suspected case of highly pathogenic AI occurred at Yeongam Laying Farm in Jeollanam-do.

The recently spreading AI virus is a highly pathogenic H5N1 type that is prevalent in Europe now, different from last year.

In Korea, it was confirmed again for the first time in 10 years since 2011.

In the second half of this year, there were 4 cases in North Chungcheong and 4 cases in South Jeolla Province.

As AI spreads to laying hen farms, egg prices could be impacted again as they did earlier this year.

From the end of last year to this summer, 16.75 million poultry were slaughtered by AI, or 23% of the total.

Quarantine authorities urged the quarantine authorities to immediately report any abnormalities such as mortality or decreased spawning rates.