Bird flu de­tected in dead swan in western Ja­pan

Fiji Sun - - Asia News - Tokyo: Xin­hua

Ja­pan’s en­vi­ron­ment min­istry con­firmed on Thurs­day that a wild swan found dead in western Ja­pan was in­fected with a highly path­o­genic bird flu.

The dead swan was found near Lake Shinji in Mat­sue, Shi­mane Pre­fec­ture on Sun­day and tested pos­i­tive for bird flu in a sim­ple test.

Fur­ther tests at the Tot­tori Univer­sity con­firmed that the swan was in­fected with the highly path­o­genic H5N6 in­fluenza strain.

It was the first bird flu case con­firmed in Ja­pan this sea­son, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

The en­vi­ron­ment min­istry has since Sun­day strength­ened the mon­i­tor­ing of wild birds within 10 kilo­me­tres of the place where the dead swan was found.

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