Bird flu hits Kumamoto Prefecture
Kyodo -- Apr 14
Chickens infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found at a poultry farm in the town of Taragi in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, the farm ministry said Sunday.

This is the first bird flu case reported in Japan in three years.

A total of some 112,000 chickens at the farm and another the same farmer operates in the village of Sagara in the prefecture will be culled to prevent the disease from spreading.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries convened a panel of experts to discuss measures to deal with the incident. While the route of the infection is still uncertain, Prof. Toshihiro Ito of Tottori University, chairman of the panel, told reporters after its meeting that migratory birds may have brought bird flu viruses from South Korea hit by the disease.

熊本県は13日、同県多良木町の養鶏場で鶏が大量死し、鳥インフルエンザの簡易検査で­6羽が陽性となり、うち2羽は遺伝子検査で高病原性鳥インフルエンザウイルスH5型が­検出されたと発表した。県はこの養鶏場と、経営者が同じ養鶏場(同県相良村)の計約1­1万2千羽の殺処分を始めた。
Sources: Kyodo, KyodoNews
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