Although hardly unexpected, Japan's 8th HPAI poultry outbreak of this winter 2016-17 season - reported on Saturday (see Japan: HPAI Outbreak At Gifu Poultry Farm) - has tested positive for the HPAI H5N6 virus.
Unlike South Korea, which has reported a couple of H5N8 detections interspersed among their much larger H5N6 epizootic, Japan has only reported the H5N6 virus this year in poultry.Despite a relatively light hit to their poultry industry (compared to South Korea), Japan continues to detect and report numerous wild bird and environmental detections of HPAI H5 across a large swath of the nation. The following tally comes from Japan's Ministry of Environment.
January 15, 2017 17:30 current 16 prefectures 171
Today's announcement from Japan's Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF) follows:
For determination of NA subtypes of highly pathogenic gene analysis of suspected affected animals of avian influenza and highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been identified in Gifu Prefecture
For suspected affected animals of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in Gifu Prefecture, a result of the genetic analysis animal health research department was carried out, it has been confirmed that the highly pathogenic avian influenza.
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the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
In addition, the virus of the highly pathogenic avian influenza, found NA subtype, has been confirmed to be the subtype H5N6.
(1) For suspected affected animals of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in the Gifu Prefecture of the farm, the results of genetic analysis that animal health research department (Note) has been carried out, the sequence is determined to be highly pathogenic has been confirmed.
(2) In response to this, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on the basis of the "specific livestock epidemic quarantine guidelines for highly pathogenic avian influenza and low pathogenic avian influenza", was judged the poultry with the affected animals.
(3) In addition, the virus of the highly pathogenic avian influenza, animal health research department inspection of the results in, found NA subtype, has been confirmed to be the subtype H5N6.
(Note) The National Research and Development Institute of Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Animal Health Research Institute: Japan's only research institute on animal health (Kenichi Division Sakamoto)
(1) In Japan, this by eating poultry meat and poultry eggs to, cases of avian influenza virus was transmitted to humans has not been reported.
(2) coverage in the field is, that there is a possibility that the cause of the spread of the disease, since it could violate the privacy of those farmers, thank you for your cooperation as abstain strictly.
(3) in the future, so we will endeavor to provide quick and accurate information, so as not to be confused by such production relations and consumers, such as who is unfounded rumor, thank you for your cooperation.