Japan Confirms Season’s 4th Bird Flu Outbreak

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Kagoshima (Jiji Press)—The prefectural government of Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, said Sunday that it has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza at a local chicken farm.

This marked the fourth bird flu outbreak confirmed at a poultry farm in the nation this season.

Work to cull some 23,000 egg-laying chickens at the farm in the Kagoshima city of Izumi started at 7 a.m. Sunday.

A local livestock hygiene center on Saturday morning received a report of an increase in dead chickens from the farm.

A simple virus test was conducted on 13 dead chickens, and three of them tested positive. Infection was confirmed Sunday in a detailed genetic examination, according to the prefectural government.