Full-Scale Response to Prevent the Outbreak of Avian Influenza
Public Relations Division
□ The Minister of Agricultural Foods and Rural Affairs considers domestic and overseas situations of prevention of epidemics and promotes the preemptive prevention control after the judgment of high risk of pathogenic avian influenza in winter season.
❍ Judge as a high risk in coming winter because of serious situation of the prevention of epidemics such as increased overseas outbreak of high pathogenic avian influenza1), detection of domestic low pathogenic avian influenza 2), and confirmation of several poultry farms with insufficient facility for the prevention of epidemics.3)
1) Compared to 2019 winter season (∼July), increased by 29 times occurred in entire world (Recently its outbreak confirmed inside Australia and Russia)
2) From the result of normal prediction, 23 cases of low pathogenic avian influenza (H9N2 Type) has been detected at traditional markets.
3)Result from overall inspection on poultry farms (∼Aug 5, currently in progress) confirmed 277 farms with insufficient prevention of epidemics
❍ Private experts participated in the「2020 Symposium for Winter Season's Avian Influenza Preparation」 held on July 31 and considered this coming winer as the dangerous period and emphasized the importance of biosecurity for each farm unit such as control over vehicles and maintenance of pens.
❍ Accordingly, since last May, the MAFRA has been in an action for the prevention of epidemics in order to block the spread of avian influenza such as test, inspection and disinfection on facilities in relation to traditional markets along with the promotion of countermeasure for the prevention of epidemics in preparation for winter season such as the inspection, education, and promotion of poultry farms.
□ The MAFRA requests nationwide poultry farms of the strict fulfillment of rules to prevent epidemics such as the inspection on facilities to prevent epidemics and the control over the entry of vehicles, and disinfection as the introduction of avian influenza to Korea is highly possible through migrated birds in this coming winter.