Bird Flu Case Confirmed in Chiba, Japan

Monday, March 14, 2011

Japan can’t seem to catch a break.

First came the 9.0 earthquake, which was followed by a tsunami, which was followed by damaged nuclear energy plants. Now comes news of Avian influenza infection on Sunday among chickens at a poultry farm in Chiba City, Japan.

Local authorities began culling about 35,000 birds at the poultry farm and restricted the movements of another 869,000 birds being raised within a 10-kilometer radius of the farm in question.

‘‘This is a very severe situation as damage from the huge earthquake is also serious,’’ Chiba Gov. Kensaku Morita said at a press conference, referring to the powerful quake that struck northeastern and eastern Japan on Friday.

A total of four birds were found dead at the Chiba City farm on Friday and Saturday, and a genetic test confirmed that four out of seven birds checked were infected by a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu virus, local government officials said.

Chiba is Japan’s second-largest chicken egg producing prefecture.

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7 Responses to Bird Flu Case Confirmed in Chiba, Japan

  1. Freida Bee says:

    Oh gosh.

    My (warranted) paranoia was on overdrive as it was. Gotta go buy some duct tape (after I stock up on kelp).

  2. retahyajyajav says:

    It always seems after some horrible natural disaster like an earthquake or a flood, the next thing that follows is disease outbreak like cholera.

    I hope this isn’t the next inhumanity awaiting the Japanese people.

  3. DMason says:

    The flood gates are open now and there’s no stopping the misery. I fully expect the death toll will be far more than the current estimate of 10,000. Half the population of entire towns are missing. This is the tip of the ice berg.

  4. Tiny Dancer says:

    When it rains it pours and at the moment, there’s a deluge over Japan.

    I feel so sorry for them. Especially, the old people.

  5. R.J. says:

    With every passing day things are getting more brutal for Japan. The depressing part is there’s probably more to come.

  6. libhomo says:

    I wonder if there is an uptick in seismic activity over the past few years or more international news available.

  7. Liz says:

    The Bird flu H5N1 is highly pathogenic. It is zoological. It jumps from species to species. Dr. Niman, with Recombinomics.com, is reporting that the virus has shown mutations, with the radioactivity. There are dead bodies everywhere, animals and humans, alike. The carrion birds will pick this up and spread it. 10,000 refugees being evacuated around the world daily, ought to spread it rapidly, too. One sneeze on a plane and the whole plane gets infected. A recombination with the H1N1 would be frightening for mankind. Niman has said we could see rapid spread of H5N1, within a month. Get some Bionaid in your homes, now. It will kill any virus or bacteria on Earth!

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