Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Japan: avian influenza spreads to 4th prefecture

1 December, 2020

Avian influenza was discovered at a poultry farm in Hyuga city in Miyazaki prefecture in southwestern Japan. This is the fourth prefecture affected by the virus.
The 40,000 chickens at the Miyazaki farm will be slaughtered and buried, while exports in a 3 km (1.8 mile) radius around the farm will be restricted. 
Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been spreading in western Japan since the first case at a poultry farm was confirmed in the city of Mitoyo in Kagawa Prefecture on Nov. 5.
In Kagawa, a total of nine chicken farms in Mitoyo and one in the city of Higashikagawa have been hit by avian influenza outbreaks.
Avian influenza has also been confirmed at one chicken farm each in the city of Awaji in Hyogo Prefecture, the city of Munakata in Fukuoka Prefecture, the cities of Hyuga and Miyakonojo in Miyazaki Prefecture, and the town of Tsuno in Miyazaki. A total of more than two million chickens are set to be culled.
Miyazaki is known as one of the biggest chicken-farming areas in Japan, with more than 160 farms located in a 10-kilometer radius of the affected farm in Tsuno.