Unlike in South Korea, Japan's detections of HPAI H5N6 this month have been limited to wild birds and environmental samples.
Today, however, that status may have changed, as two farms in different prefectures have tested positive for avian influenza via rapid tests, and further genetic tests are underway to determine the subtype.This (translated) report from Japan's MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries).
Confirmation of cases suspected of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Aomori prefecture and Niigata prefecture and establishment of "Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Agency for Disease Control and Prevention"
November 28, Heisei 28
Ministry of Agriculture
Today, at a duck farm in Aomori prefecture and an egg collection chicken farm in Niigata prefecture, a case was suspected of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which is a domestic animal infectious disease. In response to this, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries today set up the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Against Avian Influenza Preparedness Headquarters, and decided on the future response policy.
The farm refrains from moving farmers etc. from the time the farmer reports.
In Japan, there have been no reported cases of human infection with avian influenza virus by eating poultry meat and poultry eggs.
Since coverage at the work site may cause spread of the disease and it may invade the privacy of the farmers, we ask for your cooperation in order to refrain seriously.
1. Outline of farm
· Farm in Aomori Prefecture
Location: Aomori Prefecture Aomori city
Feeding situation: duck (French duck) (about 16,500 birds)
· Farms in Niigata Prefecture
Location: Sekigawa village, Niigata prefecture (Seikakumumori)
Feeding situation: egg laying chickens (about 310 thousand)
(1) Today, in Aomori Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture, in response to a report that death ducks and dead eggs have increased, they asked the farms to refrain from moving and conducted an on-site inspection on the farm.
(2) The influenza simplified test was conducted for the relevant duck and egg-laying hens and it was positive.
(3) Genetic testing is currently underway for said duck and egg-laying hens.
3. Future response
(Continue. . . )
Based on the result of the genetic test, if it is confirmed that it is a pseudo-affected animal of highly pathogenic avian influenza, the following measures are taken based on the "Guideline on Specific Animal Infectious Disease Control for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza" We will carry out.
1. (1) killing and embedding breeding houses of the farm,
(2) setting movement restricted areas for the area within 3 km radius from the farm,
(3) Implementing necessary epidemic measures, such as the setting of discharge restricted areas, for areas within a radius of 3 km to 10 km quickly and accurately.
2. Immediately conducted checking of occurrence status on the farm within the movement restricted area.
3. To prevent the spread of infection, strengthen the disinfection around the farm and place disinfection points on the main road.
4. Food, Agriculture, Rural Policy Council Animal Health Subcommittee Meet the Subcommittee on Disease of Iceration and obtain technical advice necessary for anti-epidemic measures.
5. Dispatch experts from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Agricultural Organization Animal Health Research Division to the site to accurately grasp the infection situation, infection route, etc. and to examine appropriate precautionary policy.
6. We dispatch an "Emergency Support Team" from various animal quarantine stations, livestock breeding center, etc. as necessary to support epidemic measures such as killing and embedding in Aomori Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture.
7. Dispatch epidemiological survey team.
8. Notify all prefectures of early detection of this disease and thoroughness of early notification.
9. We will strive to provide accurate information to producers, consumers, distributors, etc while fully working with related ministries and agencies.