Highly pathogenic bird flu virus detected in Chiba Prefecture
Jiji Press -- Nov 22
A highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been detected in duck droppings collected Tuesday in the town of Nagara in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, the Environment Ministry said Friday.

The H5N8 subtype was found first in a genetic test by the Chiba prefectural government on Thursday and was later confirmed in a further test by the National Institute of Animal Health.

This marks the second discovery of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in the country this season, following one in the western prefecture of Shimane.

The ministry will now raise the nationwide bird flu alert level from 2 to 3.

千葉県で見つかった渡り鳥のふんから、鳥インフルエンザウイルスが検出され、検査の結­果、毒性が強い高病原性のウイルスであることがわかった。
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