MIYAZAKI – The Miyazaki Prefectural Government on Sunday night reported a suspected highly pathogenic bird flu case in the city of Miyazaki, the prefectural capital.
Chickens at a poultry farm in the city tested positive for avian influenza in a simple examination conducted after their successive deaths, the prefectural government said.
It has started a genetic test and called on the farm to isolate chickens and nearby farms not to move chickens.
The farm raises some 42,000 fowl. If a highly pathogenic bird flu virus is found, all the chickens will be slaughtered, and chickens within a radius of 3 km will be prohibited from being moved and shipments of those in other areas within 10 km will be banned.
On Dec. 16, highly pathogenic bird flu was confirmed at a poultry farm in the city of Nobeoka, also in Miyazaki Prefecture, where about 4,000 chickens were killed.
A prefectural government official said it is uncertain whether the latest case is linked to the Nobeoka one.