December 30, 2010


Dead Teal Ducks With Bird Flu Strain Found In South Korea

South Korea's farm ministry said Tuesday that it has found 20 dead spectacled teal ducks, apparently affected by the virulent strain of bird flu, and have taken emergency decontamination measures, Yonhap news agency reported.

The discovery of the dead birds in Haenam 430 kilometres south of Seoul is the third such finding this month and is raising concerns among local poultry farmers.

The dead birds were found to be carrying the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza, but this does not mean South Korea was affected by the disease since no domestically raised ducks and chickens have become sick, officials said.

29 Dec 2010
Location: Haenam, Cholla-namdo, South Korea - Map It

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Manatees in Mobile Bay, Pascagoula River die in cold weather

A manatee found in Mobile Bay died en route to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport on Christmas, and another manatee was found dead along the Pascagoula River in Moss Point on Tuesday.

Moby Solangi, IMMS director, said crews from the Moss Point Police Department were helping his staff load the manatee onto the trailer. A necropsy will be performed today to try to determine the cause of the manatee’s death.

He thinks the cold weather could be to blame.

Sun Herald -
28 Dec 2010
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