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Japan confirms H5N1 in birds

31st January 2007

Japanese agricultural officials have confirmed that an outbreak of bird flu in the western prefecture of Okayama was caused by the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus.

A separate outbreak was also suspected at a poultry farm in the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki, the country's biggest poultry-producing region, the agriculture ministry said.

No human infections have been reported so far.

 

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