Japan Launches Measures to Prevent Spread of Bird Flu (News)
Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Tuesday launched measures to prevent any spread of avian influenza following the confirmation of outbreaks of the disease at two poultry farms in the northeastern prefecture of Aomori and Niigata Prefecture, central Japan.
The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry sent teams of experts to the two facilities--a chicken farm in the village of Sekikawa in Niigata and a duck farm in the city of Aomori--in an effort to find transmission routes.
It also urged all 47 prefectural governments to carry out on-site inspections of local poultry farms to check if thorough measures to prevent infection, such as sterilization, are taken.
At the two farms, some birds were confirmed to have been be infected with highly pathogenic H5 flu viruses.
The government is increasingly alert, as bird flu infections are spreading in South Korea and Europe this winter.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]