Japan: Detection Of H5 Avian Flu At Poultry Farm

Source:  Japan: Detection Of H5 Avian Flu At Poultry Farm    Tag:  avian flu transmission

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It’s been three years since Japan has had to deal with an H5 avian flu outbreak in poultry or wild birds (see OIE reports 29/06/11 Final report 48089 & 25/06/11 Final report 48022), but that respite appears over as several birds at a poultry farm in Kumamoto Prefecture have tested positive for the avian virus. 

 


The exact subtype has yet to be identified, but any form of H5 influenza is considered a serious threat to the poultry industry, so Japan’s MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries) has issued culling and quarantine instructions.

 

We should learn in the next day or so whether this outbreak is due to H5N1, H5N2, or the newly emerged H5N8 virus.  Below you’ll find links to announcement from MAFF, along with a translated statement  on the outbreak.

 

About the situation of avian influenza in Japan

April 13, 2014, in the flesh for chicken farm in Kumamoto Prefecture, suspected affected animals of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which is a domestic animal infectious disease has been confirmed.

The We ask everyone who livestock stakeholders, including the poultry breeding farm, we ask that you deemed to early detection of abnormal poultry breeding and thorough hygiene management again.

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Press release

 

 April 13, 2014

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

For the installation of the "Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries avian influenza epidemic prevention task force" and confirmation of suspected affected animals of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Kumamoto Prefecture

Today, in the flesh for chicken farm I Kumamoto Prefecture, suspected affected animals of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which is a domestic animal infectious disease has been confirmed. For this reason, today, we held by installing the "Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries avian influenza epidemic prevention task force", the Ministry of Agriculture has decided to deal with future policies.

In addition, since the feeding administrator of the farm, was also carried out another farm management II, by the farm was also determined that the occurrence of farm suspected affected animals.

2 The farm has been restricting the movement of poultry rearing, etc. from the time the simple test were positive on a farm that symptoms develop.

It should be noted that, in our country, by eating poultry and egg poultry meat, cases of avian influenza virus was transmitted to humans has not been reported until now.

That may cause the spread of the disease, because it could violate the privacy of the person of the farmers, coverage in the field, thank you for your cooperation as strictly abstain.

Overview 1. Farms

Location:

I doubt generation farm

Kumamoto Prefecture Kuma County (Kuma-gun) Taragi Town (Taragi Town)

II caretaker farms the same

The prefecture same county Sagara Village (Sagara Village)

Feeding situation:

I meat for chicken (about 50,006 Senba)

II for chicken meat (about 50,006 Senba)

2. History

Afternoon (1) yesterday, Kumamoto Prefecture, conduct on-site inspection of the farm I have received a report of dead chickens, etc. increase.

Positive in five birds 5 birds in dead chickens (2) influenza simple test.

For the farm, with an instruction to limit movement of poultry, etc., (3) the district conducted a genetic testing.

(4) today, the results of genetic testing, make sure that it is a subtype H5.

(5) In addition, for feeding administrator of the farm, was also carried out another farm management II, by the farm also determined that the occurrence of farm suspected affected animals. In addition, the instructions already moved another limitation on the farm is the same prefecture.

Response 3. Future

Based on such "specific livestock epidemic quarantine guidelines for low pathogenic avian influenza and highly pathogenic avian influenza", perform the following measures.

The setting of movement restricted areas for the area of ​​3km radius within baked burial and culling of breeding poultry of 2 farm 1. I said, from II farm, required setting of the carry-out restricted areas for the area of ​​10km within III 3km radius The implementation quickly and accurately epidemic prevention measures.

For farm 2. Transfer restricted area, and carried out the occurrence confirmation test as soon as possible.

For three. Spread prevention, strengthen the disinfection of occurrence farm neighborhood and set up a disinfection point on the main road.

Held a 4. Food, Agriculture and Rural Policy Council Animal Health Subcommittee poultry disease subcommittee, to obtain technical advice necessary to quarantine measures.

In order to understand exactly 5. Infection status, the route of infection, etc., and to allow the study of precise quarantine policy, and dispatched experts of the National Institute of Animal Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

In order to support the quarantine measures 却等 embedded fired and killed six. Kumamoto Prefecture, as required, and dispatched "emergency assistance team" animal quarantine station around the country, from the National Livestock Breeding Center, etc..

Dispatch of 7. Epidemiological study team.

For 8. Every prefecture, Notification again to thoroughly Early Notification and early detection of the disease.

While achieving sufficient cooperation and 9. Relevant ministries, and strive to provide the most accurate information producers, consumers, to distributors, etc..

4. Others

(1) the farm, you restrict the movement of poultry rearing, etc. from the time that was positive in the simple test.

(2) Note that, in Japan, by eating poultry eggs and poultry meat, cases of avian influenza virus was transmitted to humans has not been reported until now.

That may cause the spread of the disease, because it could violate the privacy of the person of the farmer, interview (3) site, we will ask for your cooperation as strictly abstain.

As there is no possibility that both (4) future, so will endeavor to provide information fast, accurate, consumer officials and producers such as confusion due to unfounded rumors, thank you for your cooperation.