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Yesterdays’ preliminary positive tests at a poultry farm in Miyazaki Japan have been confirmed as HPAI H5, and 42,000 birds are to be culled in the second outbreak in two weeks in the same region of southern Japan. The outbreak reported on December 16th was H5N8, although of a different sub clade than previously seen in Japan.
Meanwhile, further north in Yamaguchi Prefecture, officials report a preliminary positive test as well.
These poultry outbreaks come amid the backdrop of repeated detections of H5N8 in wild and migratory birds which come to southern Japan each year to overwinter (see Japan: H5N8 Detected In Izumi Crane & H5N8 In Migratory Bird Droppings).
Two reports, therefore. The first from NHK News:
December 29 12:13
The 28th, in response to the fact that the H5 type of avian influenza virus from poultry farms of chicken Miyazaki has been detected, Miyazaki Prefecture, and dispose of the chicken about 42 000 birds of this poultry farms, the work to fill in the site we are.
The 28th, it was confirmed the 30 chickens are dying at a poultry farm in Miyazaki Takaoka-cho, where Miyazaki Prefecture were in detail inspection, bird flu virus that could of virulent of "the H5" is detected from a few birds has been. For this reason, Miyazaki Prefecture dispose of the chicken about 42 000 birds that had been raised in this poultry farms based on the country of guidelines, we are currently working and disinfection to fill
And this report from Asahi.com, on a suspected outbreak in Nagato.
At 20:44 on December 29, 2014 Yamaguchi Prefecture on the 29th, cases of infection were suspected to highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in the prefecture has been confirmed, was announced. According to the prefecture, that chickens suspected infected with poultry farms of the prefecture Nagato is found. In this poultry farm, you are reared about 30 007 Senba Beef chicken. Ken open measures conference from the same day 18:30, to discuss the correspondence.
While biosecurity measures at poultry operations in Japan tend to be excellent, in 2011 an outbreak of H5N1 in Miyazaki forced the destruction of a million birds, and so concerns over the extent of this latest intrusion by HPAI into Japan are running high.