Dec 13, 2014

Farm ministry on high alert for bird flu

The farm ministry is on high alert for bird flu amid multiple outbreaks around the world in 2014. Some 245 avian influenza cases have been confirmed in South Korea so far this year, and the same strain of the virus has spread in Europe, ...

Nov 23, 2014

New strain of bird flu found in goose in Germany

A worrying new strain of bird flu has been observed for the first time in a wild bird in northern Germany, the Agriculture Ministry said Saturday. The goose with the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain was identified in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and was ...

Nov 21, 2014

Second bird flu outbreak found on Dutch farm

Dutch officials have detected a second outbreak of bird flu on a southern Netherlands farm, officials said, and they are awaiting test results to see whether the strain was of a highly contagious variety discovered earlier this week. The latest cases were detected in ...

Nov 18, 2014

Suspected bird flu case reported in Tokyo

An avian influenza virus has been detected in a genetic test on the body of a wild duck collected in Koto Ward, Tokyo, the Environment Ministry said. A further test will be carried out to examine whether the common pochard, a migratory species of ...

Nov 14, 2014

Highly pathogenic strain of bird flu virus detected in Shimane

A highly pathogenic strain of bird flu has been found in Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture, the Environment Ministry said on Friday. The H5N8 subtype was detected in two samples of droppings from migratory Bewick’s swans that were collected Nov. 3, the ministry said. While investigating ...

Bird flu in Kumamoto 'contained'

May 8, 2014

Bird flu in Kumamoto 'contained'

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima declared Thursday that the avian influenza that ravaged chickens at a poultry farm in the prefecture in April has been successfully contained. “The prefectural government’s rapid response and strong efforts to contain the virus have led us to declare an ...