A brief follow up to a story from Wednesday of last week (see Japan: Hooded Crane Positive For H5N1), we are now learning that a total of 5 hooded cranes have tested positive for H5N1 at the national wildlife reserve in Izumi City, Kagoshima Prefecture Japan.
Roughly 80% of the world’s population of Hooded Cranes (est. pop. 10K) over-winter at Izumi City, after migrating from their summer breeding grounds in Siberia and Mongolia.
Today’s report is from Kyodo News International.
Monday, December 27, 2010 12:16 PM
According to this report, no new sick or dead cranes have been discovered over the past few days. The area is being monitored for more signs of the virus, and public access to the reserve has been halted until January 18th.
After an absence of two years, the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus has shown up in a couple of locations in Japan this fall, including a poultry farm.
Recent blogs on those events include: