SEOUL, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Hospitals in Seoul were put on alert for bird flu after health officials issued emergency warnings to all hospitals in the capital city to watch out possible bird flu symptoms, the Korea Herald reported on Thursday.
The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention has urged medical institutes in the capital to make immediate reports of any patients who have symptoms of the H5 avian influenza virus, such as a high fever, severe coughing, a sore throat and difficulty in breathing, the daily newspaper said.
"Detailed examinations of patients will be conducted and cooperation measures between government branches will be strengthened," Lee Jong-ku, head of the KCDCP said Wednesday.
"We will also distribute the antiviral drug Tamiflu to regional offices and make efforts to secure the necessary budget to deal with the matter," he said.
Blood tests will be done on patients who may have been infected by the virus, the official said.
The measures came after the government confirmed an outbreak of deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in eastern Seoul on Monday. It is the first time that bird flu has been discovered in the capital city.
According to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, a total of 34 cases of the highly pathogenic avian influenza, which could lead to disease in people, have been confirmed nationwide.