A highly pathogenic strain of bird flu has
been confirmed in a dead wild bird found on the Han River in Seoul. It marks the first time in two years for the
pandemic to spread to the capital. The Seoul City Government says the H5N6 strain
was confirmed in a Great Crested Grebe that was found last Monday. The area within a ten kilometer radius from
where the bird was found has been designated a special “monitoring area”. The movement of poultry and eggs has also
been sharply restricted. Nineteen Seoul districts, including Jongro
and Gangnam, are subject to the tighter monitoring.