Bird flu detected in dead swan in western Japan
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.