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Bird Flu Continues to Spread in N. Korea


North Korea has reported another outbreak of H5N1 bird flu at a chicken factory in the capital Pyongyang.

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) made the announcement in a report based on data provided by North Korea's Agriculture Ministry.

According to the report, birds at a Pyongyang chicken factory began to die on March 27.

Earlier this month, the North’s state media reported on an epidemic at a separate chicken factory. The March 21 outbreak resulted in significant economic loss and the deaths of 46,000 birds.

The OIE report said North Korean authorities are controlling traffic inside the country and are disinfecting infected premises and establishments. There have been no reports of any humans infected by the bird flu outbreaks in Pyongyang.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Korean service.
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    Jee Abbey Lee

    Jee Abbey Lee is a veteran broadcast journalist with more than 10 years of experience in TV, radio, and the web. She serves as Voice of America's social media correspondent and is an expert of millennial lifestyle. 

    Lee received her graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to joining VOA, she worked at the Seoul bureau of CNN Travel and served as the chief Bank of Korea correspondent for Arirang TV. 

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