Avian influenza outbreak during Chuseok holiday, tense local authorities strengthen epidemic prevention

Updated Sep 24, 2023
(National Comprehensive = Yonhap News) To prevent the introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), local governments across the country are strengthening quarantine activities around the Chuseok holiday.
According to each local government on the 24th, the total number of AI-infected wild birds discovered in Korea from January to August was 3,364, an increase of 14.7% (431 cases) compared to the same period last year. Cases of low-pathogenic AI infection were confirmed one after another in Paju and Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, on the 5th and 6th of this month, and in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, on the 12th. Local governments believe that there is a high possibility that wild bird feces will enter livestock farms during visits to graves or outings around the Chuseok holiday. Accordingly, local governments have urged livestock farms to take special care and are pursuing strengthened quarantine measures, such as establishing disinfection facilities at bases to block AI and controlling the access of livestock vehicles to major migratory bird habitats. Gyeonggi Province will control the entry of livestock-related vehicles and workers into migratory bird habitats from October to February ...
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