Monday, July 31, 2023

Seoul: 3 (of 10 Cats Tested) Positive for H5 Antibodies At Animal Shelter in Gwanak-gu


Yesterday, in South Korea: CDC/MAFRA Statement On 3rd H5N1 Positive Cat In Seoul Animal Shelter, we learned that at least one cat at a second Seoul animal shelter in Seoul.  This follows the announcement last week of two cats infected at another shelter in Seoul. 

Today we learn from the Seoul Metropolitan Government website that 3 cats (of 10 tested) at the shelter have tested positive of H5 antibodies. 
I've machine translated the press release, and the confirmation report below.  Korean translations are often syntax challenged, but the gist is easily read in the press release. It gets more interesting in the attached PDF.

Jinseon BaeBlue City Leisure Country
2023.07.29animal protection department
classification environment
phone call 02-2133-7651
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AI antigen (H5) was confirmed in 3 cats at an animal shelter in Gwanak
  • Suspicion was reported at the veterinary hospital on the 29th, H5 was confirmed in 3 cats as a result of 10 tests
  • Emergency quarantine measures such as washing and disinfection of the facility and access control, all autonomous districts in the quarantine situation room Expansion to unreported private animal shelters - Plans for animal clinical surveillance and detailed inspection after identifying the current situation
  • Private organizations and cat protection groups request reporting to the quarantine authorities when operating animal shelters or shelters Please report to, the city will do its best for quarantine
※ For details, please refer to the attached document (below).


The attached document (below) is available as a PDF and an .HWP file.  The translation below is a little rough, but it hints at concerns over a wider outbreak. 

Animal Hygiene Laboratory Director
Institute of Health and Environment Animal Hygiene Laboratory
Animal disease diagnosis team leader related website (menu)
Kyungsook Kang
Confirmation of AI antigen (H5) in 3 cats at animal shelter in Gwanak
 On the 29th, the veterinary hospital reported suspicion, and as a result of testing 10 animals, H5 was confirmed in three animals. Private organizations and cat protection groups scheduled for close inspection are requested to report to the quarantine authorities when operating animal shelters or shelters, and when operating animal shelters, request reports to the quarantine authorities, and the city will do its best in quarantine
The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced today that on July 29th, highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5 type) pseudo-patients were confirmed in three cats at a private animal shelter in Gwanak.
010 animals were tested, and the H5 type was confirmed in 3 of them.
Suspected patients refer to animals for which there is considerable reason to believe that they have contracted avian influenza as a result of clinical examinations conducted by livestock disease control officers, or animals undergoing close examination.
This is the second outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in two cats at the animal shelter in Yongsan on July 25.

Gwanak Animal Sanctuary Cats have been experiencing anorexia, respiratory symptoms since July 23
I came to the veterinary clinic and died during the treatment, and the director of the veterinary hospital was in the room on July 29
I reported it to the station authorities. As a result of testing by the Seoul Institute of Health and Environment, H5 type
It was confirmed.
the city implements emergency epidemic prevention measures such as cleaning and disinfection of the facility and access control.
Epidemic prevention situation rooms have been set up in all 25 autonomous districts of Seoul.
The 18 autonomous districts that are currently operating the epidemic prevention situation room are from the site of the Yongsan period
It is an autonomous region within a radius of 10 km. There are additional occurrences in this Gwanak
In view of the suspicious situation, it is to be extended to the entire autonomous region.
Swiftly address undeclared civilian shelters to prevent further spread
It is planned to determine the current situation and conduct clinical examinations and detailed examinations of animals.
In accordance with the Animal Protection Act, private animal protection facilities are suspending reporting.
I'm having a hard time figuring it out.
□ the city has established animal shelters and shelters for animal protection private organizations and cat protection groups.
If they are operating, they asked them to report it to their local borough or city.
 City, when caring for animals in animal-related facilities, etc., personal masks, gloves, etc.
Excessive anxiety by wearing protective equipment and washing hands after touching animals
Rather, he urged them to focus on personal hygiene.
□ Yoo Young-bong, director of the Blue City Leisure Bureau of Seoul, said, "Blocking the spread of avian influenza in cats
Public-private partnerships are important to prevent the spread of the virus.
We will also work closely with us to do our best to protect citizens and animals."
I said. 

Attachment: Information on the prevention of avian influenza human infection in daily life (Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency) 
  • Wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
  • - AI mainly uses feces such as infected birds, fecal contaminated objects and carcasses, etc.
  • If you touch your eyes, nose, mouth, etc., after touching your hands, you can spread the virus.
  • - In rare cases, infection through inhalation of contaminated dust is also possible.
  • ○ Do not come into contact with carcasses such as wild birds, poultry, and cats.
  • - In the case of wild birds and stray cats, whose health status is difficult to ascertain, carcasses, feces
  • Do not touch the back, preferably avoid touch.
  •  If you have a cat or bird in your home, you may be infected with avian influenza.
  • The probability is actually low.
  •  However, even in this case, the activity of the cat decreases, a lot of drooling, and qi
  • If you experience drooling, sneezing, shortness of breath and neurological symptoms, wear a mask or gloves
  • Please wear protective equipment and do not contact directly.
  • Five.
  •  Visit domestic and foreign avian influenza outbreak facilities and areas and contact with animals
  • If respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and sore throat occur within 10 days afterwards, immediately take jurisdiction
  • Please report it to your local health center or the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency Call Center (1339).
  • - Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms, and take a break if you cough or sneeze
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a giro.

Stay tuned.