The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in South Korea announced today that highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5 type) was confirmed in a cat in a cat shelter in Gwanak-gu, Seoul.
This follows highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1 type) cases confirmed in two cats at a cat shelter in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. This was announced on Tuesday.
The cat was taken to a nearby animal hospital due to anorexia and respiratory symptoms, died during treatment, and the head of the veterinary hospital reported it to the Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock Quarantine Headquarters. (H5 type) was confirmed.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Korea CDC), along with local governments, is promptly implementing measures to prevent human infection of avian influenza, such as contact investigations on cats.
The symptoms of the veterinary hospital workers and protection place officials have been confirmed, and there are no symptoms among the exposed persons confirmed so far.
In December 2016, highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N6 type) was confirmed in domestic cats, and there have been no cases of human infection to date.
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