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  • swerd96 swerd96 Nov 4, 2005 9:22 AM Flag

    JAPAN detects bird flu

    BIRD FLU IS EVERYWHERE except US...WE are next!!!

    http://www.eitb24.com/noticia_en.php?id=102402

    Japan detects bird flu, plans to kill 180,000 chickens

    Bird flu hit Japan last year for the first time in decades. Officials say the strain, H5N2, is less virulent than the H5N1 variety that has ravaged Southeast Asia since 2003 and killed at least 62 people there.

    Authorities have detected signs of bird flu at a farm in northern Japan and plan to kill 180,000 chickens, a local official said Friday.

    The latest Japanese outbreak occurred at a farm in Ibaraki prefecture (state), 90 kilometres (56 miles) northeast of Tokyo, according to Yoshiko Otani of the prefectural livestock farming section.

    Antibody tests on 80 chickens showed that all had been exposed to a bird flu virus from the H5 family but survived, the prefecture said in a statement. No active bird flu viruses were found.

    The chickens were kept in a free-range compound. About 180,000 free-range chickens out of the 300,000 kept at the farm would be killed, Otani said.

    Tests on 1.23 million chickens

    The prefecture has also prohibited the movement of eggs or chickens within a 5 kilometre (3.1 mile) radius around the farm while it conducts further tests - affecting some 1.23 million chickens - according to Otani.

    Earlier tests at the farm by a private veterinarian turned up negative for the antibody, but the farm was re-examined by prefectural inspectors this week after chickens at another farm in Ibaraki, given the all-clear by private veterinarians, later showed signs of the flu virus.

    There were no signs of the virus at the 11 other farms tested by the prefecture this week, Otani said. Authorities in Ibaraki have already culled around 1.5 million birds after finding signs of the disease at several farms in the prefecture.

    Bird flu hit Japan last year for the first time in decades. Officials say the strain, H5N2, is less virulent than the H5N1 variety that has ravaged Southeast Asia since 2003 and killed at least 62 people there.

    Could kill up to 167,000 people in Japan

    On Monday, 10 ducks at a farm in Osaka were found to be infected with the H4 flu virus. Officials were still testing another 47 ducks at the same farm before deciding whether to kill its 780 birds.

    The central government set up a task force last week to plan against a possible outbreak of bird flu among humans. Officials estimate bird full could kill up to 167,000 people in Japan.

    Most human cases have been traced to direct contact with sick birds, but health officials fear the H5N1 virus could mutate into a form that is easily passed between humans, possibly setting off a deadly flu pandemic.

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