South Korea confirms its first-ever cases of bird flu

South Korea confirms its first-ever cases of bird flu
South Korea confirms its first-ever cases of bird flu

South Korea on Friday confirmed its first-ever cases of bird flu spreading to humans in 2003-2004, but the disease didn't sicken any of the four poultry workers, a health official said.

There were no further details immediately available on which strain of bird flu was involved or why the results were so long delayed.

Yonhap news agency said the results had only recently came after more precise testing in the United States.

Koh Yoon-kwon, an official at the Health Ministry, confirmed the tests had been positive but gave no further details. Ministry officials were planning a news conference later Friday, reports the AP.

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