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Saturday, January 27th 2007

Bird Flu In Japan

Bird flu in chickens on a Japanese poultry farm is serotype H5N1.

Initial tests had shown the chickens on the farm in Miyazaki prefecture were infected with an H5 subtype of bird flu virus, but further testing had been needed to determine whether it was the feared H5N1 strain.

There have been no reported cases of human infection from the virus in Japan.

Local officials were in the process of culling all 50,000 birds on the farm after 3,200 of them died of the disease. Another 50,000 at an adjacent farm will also be slaughtered as a precautionary measure, a local official said.