Jan. 7 (UPI) — South Korean authorities are on excessive alert after the invention of a useless fowl that examined optimistic for avian influenza.

Town of Seoul’s Gangbuk-gu district mentioned Thursday a neighborhood resident discovered the fowl within the Uicheon Stream on Dec. 26. The pattern was transferred to the nation’s Public Well being and Surroundings Analysis Institute, then to the nation’s wildlife company. Take a look at outcomes on Tuesday got here again optimistic, prompting the district to take motion, Information 1 and Newsis reported.

The district mentioned it has restricted entry to the waterway the place the fowl was discovered, and has disinfected the general public area. Avian influenza is very pathogenic amongst birds however doesn’t unfold to people.

South Korea has been dealing with fowl flu outbreaks prior to now a number of years.

On Thursday, Seoul’s agriculture ministry mentioned 14.9 million poultry had been culled after the primary case was reported in late November, in line with Yonhap. The assertion comes after the nation reported a complete of 47 extremely pathogenic fowl flu circumstances this winter.

South Korea’s coverage requires the culling of all domesticated poultry inside a 1.9-mile radius of an an infection. On Wednesday, a H5N8 pressure of fowl flu was reportedly recognized at a duck farm in an space about 80 miles south of Seoul. Different circumstances have been discovered at a farm about 240 miles south of Seoul, the place 20,000 geese had been being raised, in line with Yonhap.

In Seoul, Gangbuk-gu district chief Park Gyeom-su informed Information 1 he plans to “strengthen monitoring of poultry-raising households” and implement anti-epidemic measures.

In 2019, South Korea battled an epidemic of African swine fever, after the illness amongst pig species was first reported in China then North Korea.

North Korea on the time declined to cooperate on anti-epidemic measures.