SEOUL, May 23 (Xinhua) -- South Korea will upgrade its measures to deal with potential human bird flu infections and allocate funds to promote research into mad cow disease, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said on Friday.
The national health promotion commission said 658.3 billion won (about 633 million U.S. dollars) will be allocated this year to address general public concerns and critical issues like avian influenza and mad cow disease.
The commission said the goal for this year is to stockpile sufficient Tamiflu drugs to treat at least 2.4 million people in case there is a outbreak involving humans.
South Korean quarantine officials confirmed 42 cases of the virulent H5N1 bird flu strain since April 1, which have resulted in millions of birds being culled and buried. This is the third outbreak to hit the country with the first and second cases happening in the winter months of 2003-2004 and 2006-2007.
No Korean national has been afflicted by avian influenza so far.