Based on multiple detections of HPAI H5 across Japan, specific finding of HPAI H5N6 in some cases, and the growing outbreak of H5N6 in neighboring South Korea, Japan's MAFF today has raised their avian flu alert to level 3.
Although domestic poultry have not yet been reported affected in Japan, the number of Prefectures reporting AI in wild birds or the environment has increased to 4 today.
There appears to be some ambiguity over the tests run on the dead whooping crane recovered in Hokkaido. Tests were unable to confirm H5N6 (but apparently found H6N2), and with no signs of additional bird deaths, the alert for that region has been canceled.
These (translated) updates from the MAFF Avian Flu website
were posted today (Nov 21st) :
About the current support status
November 18, from Kagoshima University, by its own investigation of the university, from November 14 to the collected environmental samples in Kagoshima Prefecture, Izumi (roost of water), highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N6 subtype) is detected It was reported there was a fact.
In addition, on November 21, Akita Prefecture, a high for the case of Tottori Prefecture, has received the confirmation of the report of pathogenic avian influenza virus.
From this fact, based on the "corresponding technical manuals relating to highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds" (hereinafter Manual), for the whole country of the corresponding level in wild bird surveillance currently being carried out is, "corresponding level 3 (at the time of the domestic plurality of locations occurrence It will be. "
[Current of the corresponding level]
Corresponding level 3 (at the time of the domestic plurality of locations occurred) (2016 November 21, 2008)
About bird flu outbreaks in wild birds in Japan (during the test, while monitoring the case)About bird flu inspection situation in dead birds were recovered by the shibetsu-gun in shibetsu, Hokkaido, etc.
(November 21, 2008 at 12 o'clock, the birds monitoring priority area is released)
On November 7, a genetic test of type A avian influenza virus was carried out in a single dead bird dead individual collected in Nakazatosu-cho, Shibetsu-gun, Hokkaido, where a positive reaction came out. Therefore, we confirmed the highly pathogenic avian influenza at Hokkaido University, but no highly pathogenic avian influenza virus was detected (November 21, the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H6N2 subtype was detected It was done. In addition, wild bird mass death etc. are not confirmed through priority monitoring at the site. For this reason, the currently set wild bird monitoring priority area was canceled on November 21st at 12 o'clock.
About the bird flu virus in bird feces collected in Tottori-Shi, Tottori testing positive confirmed case(11/21/2016, specify a wild bird monitoring emphasis areas.)Stating that detected the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N6 type) from 11/21, from the Tottori University by the University's own investigation in Tottori, Tottori Prefecture 11/15 collected in teal, there was reported.For this reason, has enhanced surveillance of wild birds, within walking distance from 11/21 provide wild bird monitoring emphasis areas around 10 km. Also initiate preparations to dispatch the bird emergency research team.
Past focus areas of unlocked please see here.