Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Japan: second outbreak of avian influenza

8 November, 2020

Another avian influenza case has been confirmed at a poultry farm in Kagawa Prefecture, marking the country’s second outbreak of avian influenza at a farm this year.
The virus is believed to be a highly pathogenic strain. About 48,000 chickens being raised at the farm in the city of Higashikagawa will be culled. The prefectural government instructed three poultry farms within 3 kilometers of the affected facility not to transfer their chickens and eggs, while nine farms within 3 to 10 kilometers were told not to move their chickens and eggs outside the 10-kilometer zone.
At a separate poultry farm in the Kagawa city of Mitoyo, an avian influenza case was the country’s first at a farm in nearly three years. The two affected farms are located more than 50 kilometers away from each other. There has been no movement of people or vehicles between them.