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  • Japan: Bird flu in a stork in Kagawa Prefecture


    Japan Detects 1st Bird Flu Case in Stork
    Politics Society Nov 23, 2022 16:59 (JST)

    Tokyo, Nov. 23 (Jiji Press)--A stork has died in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan, after getting infected with avian influenza, officials at the Kagawa and neighboring Tokushima prefectural governments said.

    This marked the first bird flu case involving a stork in Japan, Tokushima officials said. Storks are designated as a special national treasure in the country.

    The female stork, born in Naruto, Tokushima, in April last year and named Niji, was found dead at a pond in Marugame on Nov. 15. A gene test by the National Institute for Environmental Studies on Tuesday found that the stork had been infected with a highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian flu...