Virus in Ongoing Bird Flu Epidemic Causes Slower Deaths: Study
Tokyo, Dec. 14 (Jiji Press)--A virus in the ongoing avian influenza epidemic in western Japan takes longer to kill chickens than a virus in a past epidemic did, a study by a government-backed institute suggested Monday.
The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization isolated a virus from chickens at a farm in Kagawa Prefecture where the country’s first bird flu case since January 2018 was detected on Nov. 5 this year.
The virus was injected into five chickens, one of which died in four days, followed by the other four two days later, according to the institute.
In a past experiment, all chickens died within two days after being injected with a virus from the 2004 outbreak in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
The ongoing epidemic has hit a total of 10 prefectures.
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