Saturday, January 14, 2017

Japan: HPAI Outbreak At Gifu Poultry Farm

Location of Gifu Prefecture


Unlike South Korea -which has lost more than 30 million birds across 200+ farms since avian H5N6 arrived in November - Japan has sucessfully managed to limit poultry farm outbreaks to single digits despite more than 160 detections of the virus in wild and migratory birds across 16 Prefectures. 
To put this in some kind of perspective, during America's 2014-15   epizootic of H5N8 - during which time more than 220 farms were affected and 50 million birds were destroyed - fewer than 90 wild birds were found carrying the virus across all of the United States.
While wild bird and environmental detections continue to acrue (see here) at an impressive rate, today Japan's Ministry of Agriculture is announcing their 8th HPAI outbreak, this time in the central Japan Prefecture of Gifu.

Preliminary testing has come back positive for influenza A, following reports of excess mortality on the farm, and while suspected, H5N6 has yet to be confirmed.    Full test results should be available later today.

For confirmation of cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza is suspected and the holding of "the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries avian influenza epidemic prevention headquarters" in Gifu Prefecture

the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Today, in the egg-laying chicken farm in Gifu Prefecture, cases of suspected highly pathogenic avian influenza, which is a domestic animal infectious disease has been confirmed. In response to this, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is, today, we held the "Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries avian influenza epidemic prevention headquarters", was to determine the future of the corresponding policy.

The farm has to refrain from moves such as breeding poultry from the point at which there was a report from the farmers.

It should be noted that, in Japan, this by eating poultry meat and poultry eggs to, cases of avian influenza virus was transmitted to humans has not been reported.

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.

1. farm Overview

  • Location: Gifu Prefecture Yamagata City (Yamagata)
  • feeding situation: hens (about 80,000 birds)
2. Background
  • (1) today, Gifu Prefecture, in response to the report to the effect that the death hens has increased, carry out on-site inspections to the farm along with the request to refrain from moving relative to the farm.
  • (2) the hens conducted influenza simple test for the positive.
  • (3) currently being carried out genetic testing for the hens.

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