SEOUL Dec 15 South Korea's agriculture ministry
raised the country's bird flu alert status to the highest level
for the first time on Thursday as the disease has spread quickly
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in
a statement that it will come up with detailed measures after
consulting with related ministries.
Since the first bird flu case was reported about a month
ago, the country, Asia's fourth-largest economy, has culled over
12 percent of its total poultry population to contain the spread
of the deadly virus.
(Reporting By Jane Chung; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)