Fears Of Highly Pathogenic Bird Flu Pandemic As Japan Reports Outbreak In Chickens

source-the-japan-times
  • A rise in the number of individuals infected with bird flu in China this year is causing concern among epidemiological specialists.

  • China records 21 human infections with the H5N6 subtype of avian influenza in 2021, compared to just 5 last year, with 6 people dead and many more critically unwell.

Fears Of Highly Pathogenic Bird Flu Pandemic As Japan Reports Outbreak In Chickens

TOKYO – The agriculture ministry announced on Wednesday that Japan has detected its first winter outbreak of bird flu for the year, with the confirmation of a case of “highly pathogenic avian influenza" at a poultry farm in the country's northeast.

The ministry stated in a post on its website that around 143,000 egg-laying chickens are being slaughtered at the farm in Yokote city, Akita Prefecture, and that restricted zones up to 10 km (6.2 miles) from the site have been formed.

“Under the current situation in Japan, we do not believe that there is any possibility of avian influenza being transmitted to humans through the consumption of chicken meat or eggs," the ministry said.

is year is causing concern among epidemiological specialists, particularly as the world slowly recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the World Health Organization, China recorded 21 human infections with the H5N6 subtype of avian influenza in 2021, compared to just five last year, with six people dead and many more critically unwell.

Bird flu outbreaks have also been detected throughout Europe in recent days and weeks, with farms in Poland being the most recently infected, with 650,000 poultry infected.

source - bbc

Last year, Japan saw its worst winter flu season on farms ever, with over 3 million chickens slaughtered and 25% of the country's prefectures afflicted.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Japan has an egg-laying flock of around 185 million chickens and a broiler population of approximately 138 million.

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