China News Service, November 8th. According to the “Central News Agency” report, the Japanese government announced on the 5th that a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been detected in a chicken farm in Mitutoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture.
Thousands of chickens were culled. The county said on the 8th that another chicken farm has also found an avian flu epidemic and will culling about 48,000 chickens in the chicken farm.
According to reports, the Kagawa prefectural government stated that it received a notification from the chicken farm in Higashikagawa on the afternoon of the 7th that more than 10 chickens died. When the relevant personnel went to check, they tested positive for the avian influenza virus from the dead chickens. After a detailed investigation by the research institution, it was confirmed that it was the H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus.
According to previous reports, Kagawa Prefecture, located on the island of Shikoku in southwestern Japan, reported on the 5th that a highly pathogenic avian influenza had occurred in a chicken farm in Mitutoyo City. In the preliminary test on the 4th, 11 dead chickens tested positive for the virus, and the genetic test on the 5th confirmed the H5 avian influenza virus.
Kagawa Prefecture decided to immediately culling and dispose of the approximately 330,000 chickens on the chicken farm and strengthen the disinfection of the surrounding roads.
Due to two cases of avian influenza in a short period of time, the prefectural government has listed this chicken farm in Higashikagawa City as a “movement restricted area” with a radius of 3 kilometers in order to avoid the spread of the epidemic. Within 10 kilometers are listed as “moving out of restricted areas” where shipments are prohibited.
This chicken farm in Higashikagawa City is about 50 kilometers away from the chicken farm where the epidemic occurred in Mitutoyo City. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has sent a team of experts to Higashikagawa City to conduct detailed investigations with the local government on the route of infection.