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  • South Korea: H5N8 in Wild Birds

    Source: https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20201025001651315

    S. Korea reports 1st highly pathogenic avian influenza case in 32 months
    All News 15:37 October 25, 2020

    SEOUL, Oct. 25 (Yonhap) -- A highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) case was reported in South Korea on Sunday, marking the first virulent bird flu case in the country in 32 months.

    The virulent avian influenza strain of H5N8 was discovered from a fecal sample collected from wild birds Wednesday in Cheonan, 92 kilometers south of Seoul, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

    This photo provided by the Cheonan municipal government on Oct. 25, 2020, shows a quarantine vehicle spraying disinfectant near poultry farms in the area, following the detection of a highly pathogenic avian influenza strain in the region. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

    The discovery marked the first highly pathogenic AI case confirmed in the country since the H5N6 case, which is similarly virulent to H5N8, reported in the nearby Asan region in February 2018...


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    Source: https://www.donga.com/news/Society/a...29/103687841/1

    Following Cheonan, Yonginseodo Avian Influenza… Ministry of Environment, strengthening quarantine in exhibition-breeding facilities
    Reporter input 2020-10-29 03:00 Modified 2020-10-29 03:00

    A highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) virus was detected in the feces of wild birds collected from Cheongmicheon, Yongin, Gyeonggi Province. On the 25th, it was three days after the highly pathogenic AI virus was first identified in the area of ​​Bonggangcheon, Cheonan-si, Chungnam.

    According to the Ministry of Environment on the 28th, the highly pathogenic AI virus identified in Yongin is H5N8 type. It is the same type as a virus from Cheonan. In accordance with the Ministry of Environment's “Wild Bird AI Action Guideline,” the area within a 10 km radius of the virus detection site has been designated as a “wild bird flow surveillance area”. The Ministry of Environment plans to sprinkle quicklime in the area and install guard posts and information banners for access control. In addition, quarantine protection will be strengthened for wildlife bird habitats, such as endangered species, and exhibition and breeding facilities such as zoos.

    In the metropolitan area following Cheonan, concerns are growing as a highly pathogenic AI virus is detected in Yongin for the first time. The highly pathogenic AI virus was discovered in Korea in about 2 years and 8 months after the H5N6 type was released in Gokgyocheon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do in February 2018.

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