H5 Bird Flu Spreads to Hiroshima

Cases of the H5 strain bird flu were recently detected in chicken farms in the western Japan prefecture of Hiroshima and Miyazaki.

Cases of the H5 strain bird flu were recently detected in chicken farms in the western Japan prefecture of Hiroshima and Miyazaki.

The new cases were reported just weeks after cases were discovered at a poultry farm in Mitoyo, Kagawa Prefecture.

Hiroshima is the sixth Japanese prefecture to register cases of the H5 strain avian flu after western and southwestern Japan prefectures of Kagawa, Fukuoka, Hyogo, Miyazaki, and Nara.

Hiroshima Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki said that Self-Defense Forces personnel were deployed to restrict movement around the affected areas and to cull the infected poultry.

Around 134,000 chickens at the affected farms are expected to be culled while the remaining chickens are banned from being moved outside of  a 10 km radius,

Farm Minister Kotaro Nogami asked local chicken farmers to improve safety and hygiene standards to prevent further outbreaks.

“We aim to improve the sanitary management (of the farms). We have been in an extremely difficult situation, but the migration season of birds continues,” said Nogami. 


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