Monday, October 22, 2018

FAO: South Korea Confirms HPAI H5 In Environmental Samples


Three weeks ago South Korea announced this fall's arrival of migratory birds, and since then we've seen a number of reports of Avian Influenza (AI) detection in wild bird feces (see here), including one identified as H5N2
Until today, all of those detections have been identified as LPAI (low path) viruses, which are not unexpected, and rarely pose a serious threat. 
Today we've the first two HPAI FAO announcements, one from Chungbuk Province in the center of the country, and one from Jeonbuk Province to the south and west. 

The full subtype has not been identified, and we'll be very interested to see which flavor of HPAI H5 has returned this fall.

So far, South Korea hasn't reported any infected poultry this fall and Japan's Ministry of Environment hasn't reported any AI detections since last spring.

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