Beginning this year, Seoul will be the first municipality to adopt the ‘Alert System of Migratory Birds Information for Avian Influenza (AI) Quarantine Measures’. By attaching location-tracking systems to migratory birds, the system will send an alert and enable the government to take prompt actions if the birds, which have traveled AI infected regions, come to Seoul.
For this preventive measure, the city will capture 60 resident and migratory birds inhabiting the area around the Hangang River, such as Jungnangcheon Stream, Tancheon Stream, and Gangseo Ecological Park, and examine whether they are infected with AI or not. Expert staff will then attach a Global Positional System (GPS) to 30 healthy birds in order to monitor their travel routes. The location-tracking systems are connected to wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) operated by a domestic telecommunications company in order to monitor the birds’ travel route in real time on the Internet (integrated management system for tracking locations) and on mobile phones.
When the birds coming from the AI infected areas are expected to arrive in Seoul, the Research Institute of Public Health & Environment will immediately send alerts to district offices and other relative institutes. This will allow each institute to take preventive and quarantine measures against AI.
With the introduction of this system, Seoul is expected to secure the public rest spaces for citizens as well as to prevent AI.
▶ See Seoul’s policies on welfare & health & security: