Bird flu virus detected in Kagawa with high fatality rate “H5N8 type” Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Bird flu virus detected in Kagawa with high fatality rate “H5N8 type” Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries November 6 20:26

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has revealed that the avian influenza virus detected at a poultry farm in Kagawa Prefecture has been confirmed as a highly pathogenic H5N8 type with a high mortality rate. The virus is spreading in Europe, and experts say it is possible that it came into Japan via Siberia.
On June 6, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries held a committee of experts to report on the results of virus analysis and the status of on-site investigations.

As a result, a national research institute examined the detailed type of the virus and found that it was highly pathogenic type H5N8.

In addition, a team of experts dispatched to a poultry farm in Santoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture, said that there were several ponds around the poultry farm, many ducks carrying the virus, and that there was a gap in the infected chicken house where small wild animals entered, and that it was also confirmed that the pleuns believed to belong to mice needed to be investigated in detail, such as reservoirs and chicken houses, in order to identify the route of infection.

The H5N8 virus was also detected last month in Monbetsu, Hokkaido, and the chairman of the expert committee, Professor Kei Ito of Tottori University, said, “This type of virus is spreading in Europe, and it is highly likely that it has entered Japan via Siberia.
On the other hand, it is unlikely that humans will be infected at this time.”