Nov 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – H5N1 avian influenza has been confirmed at a second poultry farm near the site of a recent outbreak, South Korea’s agriculture ministry told news services today.The farm is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the first reported outbreak in Iksan in North Jeolla province, about 141 miles (230 kilometers) south of Seoul, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. The owner of the second farm requested that his chickens be tested for H5N1 avian flu yesterday after 206 of 12,000 chickens died, the Korea Times reported.The National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service confirmed that the chickens were infected with the H5N1 virus, the Times report said.The outbreaks on the two farms are South Korea’s first in almost 3 years. No human cases of H5N1 illness have ever been reported in South Korea.An agriculture official told Reuters today that there have been no reports of infections associated with the current outbreak in local residents or quarantine workers. AFP reported that health authorities have vaccinated 151 people living with 500 meters of the second outbreak; the report didn’t specify what kind of vaccine was used.The second outbreak has raised concern that the virus has spread outside the high-risk zone around the first affected farm, the Times report said. Expanding the quarantine zone beyond the site of the first outbreak could greatly increase the number of chickens, dogs, cats, and other animals that officials would kill.The AFP report said more than 170,000 chickens at farms within 500 meters of the first outbreak have been killed in the past 2 days, along with a number of pigs and dogs.The agriculture ministry confirmed three other avian flu outbreaks in other districts but said they involved a mild strain, according to AFP.In other avian flu developments, China is considering phasing out live-poultry markets in an effort to prevent the spread of avian flu, according to another AFP report today. A document released by China’s State Council suggests a ban on any new live-poultry markets and recommends that existing markets be moved out of densely populated urban areas.Poultry markets present an avian flu exposure risk because chickens are often slaughtered there in unsanitary conditions. The markets also serve as hubs for viral spread as birds are moved to farms or other markets.About 46,000 poultry have died in 10 outbreaks in seven Chinese provinces this year, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported on Nov 10. Jia Youling, chief veterinary officer and director of the Veterinary Bureau in the Ministry of Agriculture, said at a press conference that another 2.94 million fowl were culled, Xinhua reported.
The home at 6 Rail Close, Dayboro. Picture: supplied.You won’t have to fall through a rabbit hole to find a wonderland with this Dayboro family home. The five-bedroom property at 6 Rail Close, Dayboro has spacious rooms, a beautifully maintained yard and a secret Alice in Wonderland themed play area. Owner Vyv Bloomfield said the wonderland space included a table coming out of the wall, themed mural and quirky little details. “There’s a roof so you don’t have to worry about kids getting sunburnt and there is a little picket fence,” she said. Part of the Alice in Wonderland play area. Picture: Vyv Bloomfield.The home sits on a 660sq m block with beautiful gardens. “There was not much of a garden when we first moved in,” Ms Bloomfield said. “Now there is a waterfall front garden and beautiful gardens all the way around the backyard.“There’s not a pebble that hasn’t been turned over and cleaned. “Down the side of the house there was just rocks and it was really hot. We put a roof on and put in ferns. We turned it from a desert into an oasis.” The open-plan living spaces overlook the back yard. Picture: supplied.Inside the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to the outdoor entertaining space. A separate lounge room has a fireplace and there is a study large enough to be a fifth bedroom. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe main bedroom has two walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite with bath and separate toilet. “The ensuite is lovely, it’s one of the largest I’ve seen in a long time,” Ms Bloomfield said. The spacious master bedroom opens to the backyard. Picture: supplied.The remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a family bathroom, a separate toilet and an internal laundry with linen closet. Outside the front veranda wraps around one side of the home and there is a garden shed and rain water tank. “It’s really such nice home and the only reason we are leaving is to downsize,” Ms Bloomfield said. The property is on the market through Leigh Hutton of Belle Property Samford.