A large number of dead chickens were found at a poultry farm in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, and genetic testing in the prefecture detected a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus.

The prefecture is disposing of about 33,000 chickens in this poultry farm.

According to Miyagi Prefecture, 950 chickens were found dead at a poultry farm in Ishinomaki City from the 23rd to the 24th, and as a result of the prefecture's genetic testing, a highly pathogenic "H5 type" avian influenza virus was found. It means that it was detected.

In response to this, on the morning of the 25th, the prefecture is discussing the response at an urgent countermeasures meeting and is proceeding with the disposal of about 33,000 chickens raised in the poultry farm.

In addition, the area within a radius of 3 km of this poultry farm has been designated as a "restricted movement area" that prohibits the movement of chickens and eggs, and the area within a radius of 10 km has been designated as a "restricted export area" that prohibits shipping from that area.

This year, bird flu has been confirmed at poultry farms in Akita, Iwate, and Aomori prefectures in the Tohoku region, but it is the first time in five years since 2017 in Miyagi prefecture.

The prefecture has decided to complete the disinfection of poultry farms by next week, and Vice Governor Endo said, "It's a pity that it happened while calling for thorough hygiene management, but I would like to work with the prefectural office to take immediate epidemic prevention measures. I'm talking.