Gov't Working to Contain AI Spread After Cat Infection

Write : 2017-01-02 14:40:39 Update : 2017-01-02 19:41:38

Gov't Working to Contain AI Spread After Cat Infection

Anchor: The government is tightening its vigilance after two dead cats were found to be infected with a highly pathogenic avian influenza(AI) strain in Gyeonggi Province. Though the possibility of a human AI infection is low, health authorities have recommended people to report to authorities if they develop a fever and suffer from frequent coughing after coming in contact with AI-infected birds. 
Our Bae Joo-yon has more.
 
Report: The government is monitoring 12 people who came into contact with two dead cats at a home in Pocheon city in Gyeonggi Province that were found to be infected with a highly pathogenic AI virus last week.
 
As a preventive step, the people were given antiviral medicine and necessary vaccinations.
 
The group will be closely monitored for the next ten days, the maximum incubation period.
 
Authorities are also testing for AI two dogs that were raised together with the cats. Antigen detection tests have so far not detected an AI virus.
 
Health authorities say risk to humans is considered to be very low as there has never been a case where a human became infected with AI through a dog or cat.
 
Nevertheless, quarantine officials are capturing and testing animals that might have come into contact with the two cats to prevent the bird flu from possibly spreading to other animals.
 
People have been urged not to touch wild animals and residents in AI-affected areas have been told to keep their pets indoors.
 
Authorities said people who develop a fever or begin to continually cough after touching a bird flu-infected bird must promptly report to local clinics.
Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio News.

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