JAPAN, Tokyo. Bird flu has been detected in a fifth Japanese prefecture, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan said.
This wave of infections at poultry farms sparks the Japan’s worst outbreak in more than four years.
AI was discovered at two egg-producing farms in Mihara city, in southwestern Japan’s Hiroshima prefecture, the ministry said on its website. Humans cannot contract bird flu from eating poultry or eggs, the ministry said.
Japan’s worst outbreak since at least 2016 started last month in Kagawa prefecture on Shikoku island, adjacent to Hiroshima.
Just over 130,000 chickens at two farms in Mihara city will be slaughtered and buried, while exports in a 3 km radius around the farm will be restricted. The new action means nearly 2 mill. chickens will have been culled since the latest outbreak began.
Japan’s last outbreak of bird flu was in January 2018 in Kagawa prefecture, when 91,000 chickens were culled.