Monday, December 19, 2016

Japan MAFF: Miyazaki Poultry Farm Reports HPAI


Although Japan has managed to hold the line against its invasion of H5N6, limiting the number of poultry farms infected to single digits, for the second time in three days another farm has tested positive.
On Friday, their 5th poultry outbreak was reported in Japan's northernmost prefecture Hokkaido, while today Japan's Ministry of Agriculture is reporting a preliminarily  positive test in southern Miyazaki Prefecture.

Full genetic sequencing on the Hokkaido outbreak is still awaited, but it has been confirmed as being HPAI H5. With the recent detection of HPAI H5N8 in South Korea, the possibility of either H5N6 or H5N8 has to be considered, although at this point H5N6 seems far more likely.

Confirmation of cases suspected of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Miyazaki prefecture

December 19, Heisei 28
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Today, at the meat chicken farm in Miyazaki prefecture, a case of suspected highly pathogenic avian influenza, which is a domestic animal infectious disease, was confirmed.
Following this, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries today hosted the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry's Response Headquarters for Avian Influenza, and decided on future response policy.
The farm has been refraining from moving farm animals etc. from the time of notification from farmers.
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
Location: Miyazaki Prefecture Children County (Kyoungun) Kawanami-cho (Kamimonomiyoshi)
Feeding situation: chicken meat (about 120 thousand)
2. Background

(1) Today, Miyazaki Prefecture received notification from the farm that dead meat chickens had increased, asked the farm to refrain from moving and conducted on-site inspection on the farm.
(2) The influenza simple test was conducted for the meat chicken and it was positive.
(3) Currently, genetic testing is being conducted on the meat chicken.

(Continue . . . )

Meanwhile Japan's Ministry of Environment has released 11 new press releases since we last looked in on Friday, and has updated their findings for non-farm HPAI detections to:

Highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed number in wild birds (breeding birds, feces, including water samples)
December 19, 2016 11:00 current 13 prefectures 70 reviews


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