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Japan Confirms Second Bird Flu Case In Kyoto As Deadly Strain

by 5m Editor
9 March 2004, at 12:00am

JAPAN - Japanese authorities have confirmed the second bird flu case at a poultry farm in Tanba, Kyoto is of the highly contagious H5N1 strain.

Japan Confirms Second Bird Flu Case In Kyoto As Deadly Strain - JAPAN - Japanese authorities have confirmed the second bird flu case at a poultry farm in Tanba, Kyoto is of the highly contagious H5N1 strain.

H5N1 was detected at the first farm in the town, meaning there is a higher possibility that the virus spread from Asada Nosan Funai Farm to the Takada farm.

The Funai farm failed to alert authorities of the bird flu outbreak even after a week's time and after birds died at the farm by the thousands. Local authorities inspected the farm Feb. 27 based on an anonymous tip.

Preliminary tests Wednesday on the dead chickens at the family-run Takada farm, about 5 km from the Funai farm, were positive for bird flu.

Japan's first case of bird flu in 79 years was detected at a poultry farm in Yamaguchi Prefecture in January. The second outbreak occurred in February among bantams kept as pets in Oita Prefecture. Both cases have been found to involve the H5N1 strain.

No human infections have yet been confirmed in Japan.

Source: eFeedLink - 9th March 2004

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