Chickens were found dead one after another at a poultry farm in Yokohama, Aomori Prefecture, and as a result of genetic testing, "H5 type" avian influenza virus was detected.

The prefecture has begun measures to dispose of approximately 170,000 chickens in this poultry farm.

According to Aomori Prefecture, about 250 chickens were found dead between the 6th and 7th at a poultry farm in Yokohama, which raises about 170,000 edible chickens, and the prefecture conducted a genetic test. As a result, "H5 type" avian influenza virus was detected.



The prefecture has begun measures to dispose of all chickens raised in this poultry farm, suspected of being a highly pathogenic virus.

It is expected that it will take more than a week to complete a series of measures including disinfection, and the prefecture has requested the Self-Defense Forces to dispatch a disaster and hastened the work.



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



According to the prefecture, there are 6 farms in the "restricted movement area" and 3 farms in the "restricted export area".

Governor Mimura of Aomori Prefecture said, "Since chicken that may be infected is not distributed in the market, I would like to ask you to continue to use chicken and eggs produced in the prefecture."



According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, 18 cases of bird flu have been confirmed in Japan since last fall, including this time, and in Tohoku, it has been confirmed in Aomori, Miyagi, Iwate, and Akita prefectures.

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