Alert!First discovered in Japan!

2022-05-27 0 By

According to Japan’s Kyodo News agency on April 5, Hokkaido announced that the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5) has been detected in a dead fox found in Sapporo, Japan.The environment ministry said it was the first time in Japan that a mammal infection had been confirmed, possibly from eating crows infected with the virus.According to the ministry, as long as there is no consumption of infected birds or direct contact with carcasses or faeces, the likelihood of human infection with the virus is extremely low and there are few precedents worldwide.Five large-billed crows were found dead in Sapporo on March 29 and all tested positive for the virus through genetic tests.The carcass of a northern fox was found at the spot where the crow was found on April 31, and no bird deaths were reported at nearby chicken farms as of April 5.The ministry also revealed that there have been cases overseas of mammals becoming infected by eating infected birds.Makoto Ozawa, associate professor of virology at Kagoshima University, said, It was assumed that the virus would infect mammals.We need to take stricter measures, including not touching poultry carcasses.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), 21 states have confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu.The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s also the worst bird flu outbreak in the United States in seven years.Original title: “Alert! First Discovered in Japan!”