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South Korea is coping with its worst outbreak of avian flu ever — and U.S. egg farmers are benefiting

South Korea is coping with its worst outbreak of avian flu ever — and U.S. egg farmers are benefiting

The first alarm about a potential avian flu infestation at the poultry farm came from suspicious workers at a nearby taxi company in late December. 

Health workers showed up almost immediately. Confirming the worst, they ordered Yang Byeong-hak, a farmer in a southwestern province, to cull roughly 12,000 ducks within a day.

They were his entire stock.

Yang dug a massive hole, lined it with vinyl and chemicals and buried the dead birds. Then all the other poultry farmers in a 3-kilometer radius — his neighbors and colleagues in the industry — were forced to do the same, he said.

“People have looked at me disapprovingly, and at first I was sorry, but...

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