Suspected case of highly pathogenic bird flu found on Miyazaki farm


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.