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MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) The Miyazaki Prefectural Government said Tuesday that 191 chickens died at a poultry farm in the city of Miyazaki and that six of the seven dead birds tested positive for avian influenza in a preliminary exam.

Officials decided to launch more detailed examinations on the six dead birds to confirm whether they were infected with bird flu. It would be the prefecture’s seventh outbreak.

In Tottori Prefecture, meanwhile, officials said the highly virulent strain of the H5N1 virus was detected in two wild birds that tested positive for avian flu in earlier tests.

The infection, involving a tufted duck and hooded gull found in a weakened state in Yonago last month, marks the second outbreak of a highly virulent strain of bird flu in Tottori this winter.

No signs of infection have been confirmed so far among the 924,000 chickens at 18 poultry farms within 10 km of where the two wild birds were found, the prefectural government said.

The Hokkaido government said detailed tests on a dead whooper swan recovered in the town of Hamanaka in mid-January were positive for the H5N1 virus, the sixth case of a wild bird infected with bird flu in Hokkaido.

In Aichi Prefecture, two quail farms in Toyohashi resumed shipping quail eggs for the first time in six days after a ban was put in place on transporting birds and eggs following the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza at a chicken farm there.

The prefecture authorized quail farms within a 10-km radius of where the bird flu had broken out to restart egg shipments after confirming the farms had taken measures to prevent infection.

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