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Deadly Avian Flu Strain Penetrates Biosecurity Defenses In Seoul 49

Posted by samzenpus
from the cover-your-mouth dept.
sciencehabit writes "A new, deadly H5N8 strain of avian influenza penetrated the biosecurity defenses of a National Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) campus near Seoul, prompting authorities to cull all of the facility's 11,000 hens and 5000 ducks. The incident highlights the difficulty of protecting poultry farms from circulating avian influenza viruses. 'We are taking this situation very seriously,' said Lee Jun-Won, deputy agriculture minister, at a press conference yesterday in Seoul. He noted that NIAS has the country's most secure facilities and most vigilant staff. Lee said they were looking at three possible routes the virus could have taken onto campus: wild birds, NIAS vehicles, and supply deliveries. 'We will determine the reason for the infection, and we are going to hold those responsible accountable,' he said."
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Deadly Avian Flu Strain Penetrates Biosecurity Defenses In Seoul

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  • by ackthpt (218170) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @08:59PM (#46414727) Homepage Journal

    Lee said they were looking at three possible routes the virus could have taken onto campus: wild birds, NIAS vehicles, and supply deliveries. 'We will determine the reason for the infection, and we are going to hold those responsible accountable,' he said."

    OK... Just how do you hold wild birds accountable???

    Form a Fact Finding Committee, start several task forces, budget a few hundred million for the whole process, lose sight of the objective, point fingers, trade polarizing recriminations in media and ultimately issue a report that is over 1,000 pages long and nobody can even understand.

    Oh, wait, in Korea... put a net over it for a couple hundred dollars.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @09:04PM (#46414751)

    Instead of fighting with the flu virus, why don't we negotiate with it? Maybe if it understands that it is harming us, we will all find a way to peacefully co-exist.

  • by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @09:35PM (#46415009)

    Oh, wait, in Korea... put a net over it for a couple hundred dollars.

    It's just one flu over the chicken coop, after all.

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