Japan’s bird flu outbreak now covers 20 percent of its prefectures

Japan’s worst-ever avian influenza outbreak is spreading, and now affects almost 20 percent of the country’s 47 prefectures.
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Highly pathogenic bird flu, a H5 subtype most likely brought by migrating birds from the Asia or Europe, has spread to nine of Japan's 47 prefectures, with nearly 3 million birds culled to date, a record number.

All farms in Japan have been ordered to disinfect facilities and check hygiene regimes, and ensure that nets to keep out wild birds are installed properly, agriculture ministry officials told Reuters this week.

The government is calling for extra vigilance because of the growing number of infections in Japan and in Europe, which is in the grip of an outbreak. Japan has suspended poultry imports from seven countries, including Germany.

Japan's worst outbreak since at least 2016 started last month in Kagawa prefecture on Shikoku island.

Japan had a broiler chicken population of 138 million head last year, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

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Highly pathogenic bird flu, a H5 subtype most likely brought by migrating birds from the Asia or Europe, has spread to nine of Japan's 47 prefectures, with nearly 3 million birds culled to date, a record number.

All farms in Japan have been ordered to disinfect facilities and check hygiene regimes, and ensure that nets to keep out wild birds are installed properly, agriculture ministry officials told Reuters this week.

The government is calling for extra vigilance because of the growing number of infections in Japan and in Europe, which is in the grip of an outbreak. Japan has suspended poultry imports from seven countries, including Germany.

Japan's worst outbreak since at least 2016 started last month in Kagawa prefecture on Shikoku island.

Japan had a broiler chicken population of 138 million head last year, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Read more about this story here.

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