Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

South Korea: Avian influenza outbreak

25 October, 2020

A highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) case was reported in South Korea. The first highly pathogenic avian influenza case in 32 months. The strain involved is a H5N8 and it was discovered from a fecal sample collected from wild birds in Cheonan, ~90 kilometers south of Seoul.
The last confirmed avian influenza case in South Korea was reported in the nearby Asan region in February 2018, and the srain was H5N6.