New canine flu in Korea
New highly infectious HN32 flu virus has been spreading across the Korean Peninsula life-threatening the abandoned pets.
The Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary was forced to stop taking in new animals until it immunizes its 35 dogs. Vets are warning that the flu has been spreading from Seoul to Busan in the colder weather and that the virus can survive in the environment for up to 48 hours. It is also transmissible on hands and clothing. Pet owners are advised to get their dogs vaccinated as soon as possible and keep them away from other canines until they are safe.
Seoul-based Animal charity Korean Animal Welfare Association workers said similar strains had affected dogs in Seoul during this summer’s wet weather, but it had not heard of any animals being affected by the new strain.
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