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Wild Birds Died of Bird Flu in Japan

by 5m Editor
20 January 2011, at 12:37am

JAPAN - Wild birds are reported to have died of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at two location across the country.

The authorities sent Follow Up Report No. 2 dated 19 January to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

It reports the deaths of wild birds at two locations. The first were five hooded cranes (Grus monacha) on 18 December at Izumi Crane Park in Kagoshima prefecture on the southern tip of Kyushu island. And on 4 January, two tufted ducks (Aythya fuligula) were found dead at Toyoda-cho water purification facility at Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture, which is in the east of Honshu island.

The presence of the H5N1 sub-type of the HPAI virus has been confirmed in each case.

Further Reading

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