While migratory birds from Russia bringing H5N8 into Europe (and the Middle East) has been the big story over the past couple of weeks, the East Asian Migratory Flyways are equally adept at funneling birds - and avian viruses - out of Siberia, Mongolia, and China to South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and even to North America.
In recent days we've seen the announcement of the detection of the H5N6 virus (in bird feces) in Korea, and Japan is investigating bird deaths in two prefectures.
Today the plot thickens once again, with the announcement of a second positive environmental sample for H5N6 in Korea, and reports of an outbreaks of suspected HPAI at a poultry farm in Haenam County at the southern tip of the country.
South Korea was the site of the first major outbreak of H5N8, nearly 3 years ago, resulting in the loss of millions of chickens and other types of poultry. The arrival of another HPAI subtype - particularly one that can infect humans - is of considerable concern.
First, this report via KBS News on the second positive sample of H5N6 reported in the past 5 days.
Enter 2016.11.16 (11:52)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock and Livestock has announced that H5N6-like highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) virus has been detected in wild bird samples captured in the waterside of the Mankyung River in Chunpo-myeon, Iksan, Jeonbuk Province.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has taken samples of white-spotted ducks, a kind of wild migratory birds, on the 10th of last year according to the AI plan, and as a result, I explained.
This is the second time that the same type of H5N6 AI virus has been detected in the wild bird feces collected from the Baenggang River in Cheonan, Chungnam Province on the 28th of last month.
In particular, there have been cases of H5N1 and H5N8 among the highly pathogenic AI types in Korea, but this is the first time the H5N6 strain has been confirmed.
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The second report comes from South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture (MAFRA), and announces a suspected outbreak of AI in Haenam County. Tests are underway to determine the subtype and pathogenicity.
Results should be available in the next few days.
Jeonnam, Haenam site, laying house farmhouse Report of high susceptibility AI suspicious
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock and Livestock Foods announced on November 16 that suspected highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) has been reported at the breeding farms (rearing size: 40,000) in Haenam county, Chonnam Province.
At present, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is in the process of conducting close-up inspections of the virus type and the highly pathogenic nature at the Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock Quarantine Headquarters.
South Jeolla Province, etc. are in the process of being sanitized according to the AI Emergency Action Guidelines
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said that it is conducting a epidemiological survey on the farmhouse by injecting a central epidemiological investigation group and plans to take preventive measures against epidemiological farmers according to the test results.