Third bird flu outbreak in less than a week in Japan

Japan has started culling another 230,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of avian influenza on a farm in the north of the country.

The latest bird flu outbreak in Joetsu City in Niigata prefecture marks the second instance in the prefecture and the third in Japan in less than a week.

The Niigata government have been culling more than 300,000 chickens at a poultry farm in Sekikawa (about 140 km from Joetsu) after tests had confirmed the presence of the highly virulent H5 strain of the bird flu virus.

In Aomori, around 18,000 ducks have been culled at a farm where ducks tested positive for the H5 bird flu strain.

These are the first cases of infection in domestic poultry in Japan since January 2015, when bird flu was detected in Okayama and Saga prefectures.

FULL STORY : www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/01/national/science-health/niigata-another-bird-flu-outbreak-230000-chickens-culled

DATE : 1 December 2016

SOURCE : Japan Times