A national study found that the avian influenza virus detected at a poultry farm in Akita Prefecture is the same highly lethal and highly pathogenic "H5N8" that caused the largest spread of infection last season. I found out by the analysis of the institution.


At the poultry farm, there were traces of rat invasion, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is calling for thorough measures against invasion and disinfection.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has held a committee of experts following the outbreak of bird flu for the first time this season at a poultry farm in Yokote City, Akita Prefecture.



The virus detected was confirmed to be highly pathogenic "H5N8 type" by analysis by a national research institute, and it is the same type that caused the infection that caused the highest number of cullings in the country last season. Last month, three cases were confirmed in wild birds in Europe.



In addition, the committee said that a team of experts dispatched to the site said that there was a water place on the premises of the poultry farm where wild birds could fly, and that there was a hole in the equipment to inject air into the poultry house. , It was reported that there were traces that the mouse seemed to have invaded.



The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has called for thorough measures such as closing holes that serve as entrances, installing bird nets, and disinfecting, saying that small wild animals may have brought in the virus.



The Animal Health Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries says, "We are approaching the time when many migratory birds will fly, so we want you to be more vigilant nationwide."

Detected from paddy fields in Kagoshima Izumi

Avian influenza virus was detected in a chicken farm in Akita prefecture, and while caution was increasing, highly pathogenic avian influenza virus was detected in the water of paddy fields where vines rest their wings in Izumi City, Kagoshima Prefecture.



This is the first time this season that the avian influenza virus has been detected in wild bird habitats in the country.



According to Kagoshima Prefecture and the Ministry of the Environment, the highly pathogenic "H5" is derived from the water collected on the 8th of this month in the paddy fields in the Arasaki district of Izumi City, Kagoshima Prefecture, which is called the "crane roost" because the flying vines rest their wings. It means that the "type" avian influenza virus was detected.



In response to this, the Ministry of the Environment has designated the area within a radius of 10 km of the collected point as a "wild bird monitoring priority area", and from the 12th, along with the prefecture and Izumi city, it is urgent to see if there are any dead birds in the surrounding area. I am going to investigate.



In addition, the prefecture conducted on-site inspections at a total of 13 poultry farms within a radius of 3 km, but no abnormalities were found.



This is the first time this season that a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been detected in wild bird habitats in the country.



Toyoshige Imato, Kagoshima Prefectural Livestock Division's Livestock Protection Measures Supervisor, said, "We have found that the virus has invaded the prefecture, so we would like to call on poultry farmers to be more vigilant."

Akita Kagoshima bird flu detection highest alert level Ministry of the Environment

Following the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in the water of paddy fields in Izumi City, Kagoshima Prefecture, following the chickens in the poultry farm in Yokote City, Akita Prefecture, the Ministry of the Environment raised the national alert level to the highest level on the 11th. Raised to a high "3".



We are requesting local governments nationwide to strengthen their monitoring system for wild birds.



In addition, we have designated each area within a radius of 10 km as a priority area for monitoring wild birds, and will conduct an urgent survey to confirm the infection status of wild birds with each prefecture.



According to the Ministry of the Environment, the avian influenza virus does not appear to infect humans unless it comes into excessive contact with infected birds. Even if you find a dead body, you are calling to contact the local government without touching it.

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