The avian influenza virus detected on the 17th at a poultry farm in Hyogo Prefecture was found to be a highly pathogenic "H5N1 type" with a high lethality rate, according to an analysis by a national research institute.


The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is calling for thorough measures, saying that the risk of occurrence anywhere in the country is increasing.

Avian influenza virus was detected in chickens at a chicken farm in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture on the 17th, and when a national research institute investigated it in detail, it was confirmed to be highly pathogenic "H5N1 type".



Outbreaks of bird flu have been occurring one after another this month, and the "H5N1 type" virus has been detected in poultry farms in Izumi City, Kagoshima Prefecture, and the highly pathogenic "H5N8 type" has been detected in Yokote City and Kagoshima, Akita Prefecture. It has been detected at another poultry farm in Izumi City, the prefecture.



The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has reiterated the call for thorough disinfection and closing holes for wild animals to invade, saying that the season for migratory birds that may carry viruses is increasing and that they are likely to occur anywhere in the country. I am.



Professor Yoshihiro Sakoda of Hokkaido University, who is familiar with bird flu, said, "In a short period of time, it has occurred in such a remote place, and now it is a situation that can occur anywhere in Japan. I hope that the people involved in poultry farming will never let their guard down and take thorough measures in anticipation of the outbreak. "

Keywords: