Kagawa Bird flu virus detected at Higashi-Kagawa poultry farm November 8 at 11:51 a.m.
A chicken was found dead at a poultry farm in Higashikawa City, Kagawa Prefecture, and a highly pathogenic “H5” avian influenza virus was detected. Kagawa Prefecture has decided to dispose of about 48,000 chickens in this poultry farm.
According to Kagawa Prefecture, on the morning of the 7th, a poultry farm in Higashikawa City contacted the prefecture to say that 10 chickens were dead.
A simple test conducted by the prefecture showed a positive reaction to the avian influenza virus, so a detailed examination at a national research facility in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, confirmed the detection of the H5 bird flu virus, which is thought to be highly pathogenic.
The prefecture held a meeting of the Headquarters for Countermeasures from 10:30 a.m., and Governor Hamada said, “It is a severe situation, but I want you to proceed with the prevention measures smoothly and make an effort to finish as soon as possible.”
The prefecture has decided to dispose of about 48,000 chickens in this poultry farm.
In addition, we have designated a “movement restricted area” that prohibits the movement of chickens and eggs within a 3-kilometer radius of a poultry farm, and a “carry-out restricted area” that prohibits shipments from that area within a 10-kilometer radius, and will proceed with measures to prevent the spread of chickens and eggs.
In Kagawa Prefecture, a highly pathogenic “H5N8”- avian influenza virus has been detected at a poultry farm in Santoyo City in the western part of the prefecture about 50 kilometers away on the 5th of this month, and the prefecture has decided to investigate the route of infection with the country.
At a poultry farm in Santoyo City, the disposal of approximately 330,000 birds is expected to end in eight days, and the prefecture is working on the burial.
Dispatch of a team of experts from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
In response to the detection of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus at a poultry farm in Higashikawa City, Kagawa Prefecture, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries dispatched a team of experts to the site on August 8.
Earlier this month, a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus with a high fatality rate has been detected at poultry farms in Santoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture, but according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the movement of chickens, humans, and goods between the two poultry farms has not been confirmed so far. A team of experts will look into the route of infection in detail.