Japan Bird Flu Outbreak Reaches 10th Prefecture

The bird flu in Japan has spread to its 10th prefecture of Shiga, authorities said on Sunday.

The bird flu in Japan has spread to its 10th prefecture of Shiga, authorities said on Sunday.

The local government said that the H5 strain of the avian flu virus has spread to Shiga where around 50 chickens have died.

Around 11,000 chickens will be culled after the virus was found in a farm in Higashiomi, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.

The spread of the avian flu in western Japan started in November with Kagawa prefecture reporting its first case.

The Shiga government has prohibited the transport of eggs and chickens within 3 kilometers from said farm.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the virus strain came from wild birds, as well as the strain spreading in Europe.

The ministry and Shiga officials are now discussing measures to handle the outbreak.


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