Tuesday 8 December 2020

Highly lethal H5N8 avian flu virus is spreading like wildfire: Millions of chickens and ducks are being culled: Another 250,000 to be culled in Japan with another 760,000 in danger and 500,000 set to be culled in Japan's neighbours, South Korea

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A total of 77,386 chickens were culled at a farm in the western Japan city of Gojo following the detection of highly pathogenic bird flu, the Nara Prefectural Government said in a same-day announcement on Dec. 7 The egg-laying hens, which were culled by 6:09 p.m., will be incinerated in the prefectural city of Gose and at other locations. Analysis of genes by the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization found that the virus is the highly lethal H5N8 type virus. The same strain was also detected at farms in the western Japan prefectures of Hyogo and Kagawa. (Japanese original by Satoshi Kubo, Nara Bureau)

Bird flu has been detected at a chicken farm in Hiroshima prefecture, The Japan Times reported citing local government officials on Monday. The authorities ordered culled down 134,000 chickens at the site and other affiliated farms. The H5 strain, which is yet to be confirmed as a highly pathogenic type, made Hiroshima the sixth prefecture to experience an avian flu outbreak this season.

All of the cases have been centred in western Japan, The Japan Times reported. Bird flu in Japan comes at a time when the world is battling with COVID-19 pandemic, which has become a health crisis. The farm in Mihara on Sunday reported to the local government that a number of chickens had died. A polymerase chain reaction test in the early hours Monday following a preliminary test earlier confirmed H5 virus infection, The Japan Times quoted Hiroshima government as saying.

There are about 40 chicken farms in the city, containing some 760,000 chickens in total, the government added. Several movement control points were set up around the affected farms to disinfect the vehicles moving through the areas, while Hidehiko Yuzaki, the current governor of Hiroshima Prefecture requested the deployment of Self-Defense Force troops to help with the culling. This year the first case was reported in Kagawa Prefecture in early November, followed by Fukuoka, Hyogo, Miyazaki and Nara prefectures wherein the local government carried out massive culls of chickens in and around infected farms. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan has reached 164,379, the Johns Hopkins University and Medicine reported on Monday. (ANI)

Yesterday, Japan's neighbours, South Korea confirmed another case of highly pathogenic bird flu at a duck farm in a southern county Saturday, putting quarantine authorities on high alert. The latest case was reported at a duck meat farm in South Jeolla Province's Yeongam County, according to the provincial government. It marks the third highly pathogenic case reported at a poultry house this year and the first such case confirmed in South Jeolla Province in three years.

Having blocked access to the affected farm and culled its ducks, local authorities plan to cull nearly 500,000 ducks and chickens in 10 nearby farms within a 3-kilometre radius as a precautionary measure, the regional government said. The municipality also designated the area within a 10-km radius of the infected farm, which houses 44 duck and chicken farms, as a special zone subject to heightened quarantine.

Concerns growing: Two million chickens culled as a fourth Japanese prefecture detects avian flu in the county's worst outbreak in four years: A highly contagious strain of the H5 variant is on the rise in Asia and Europe 

"We elevated the quarantine level to the highest to curb the spread." Since South Korea recorded the first outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu in 32 months in late October in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, more than 10 cases have been additionally confirmed, putting quarantine authorities on high alert against potential mass outbreaks. (Yonhap)

On the 1 Dec, South Korea confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu on a duck farm in the southwestern part of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday. The outbreak, which occurred in the town of Girin-ri, killed 19,000 ducks, the OIE said in a website alert, quoting the South Korean agriculture ministry. Some 392,000 chickens and ducks at a total of six farms were killed preventively, the ministry also said.


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