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December 16, 2020

Bird flu outbreak in Japan spreads to fifth prefecture

Bird flu has been detected in a fifth Japanese prefecture, the agriculture ministry said on Monday, as a wave of infections at poultry farms sparks the Japan’s worst outbreak in more than four years. Avian influenza was discovered at two egg-producing farms in Mihara city, in southwestern Japan’s Hiroshima prefecture, the ministry said on its website. Humans cannot contract bird flu from eating poultry or eggs, the ministry said. Japan’s worst outbreak since at least 2016 started last month in Kagawa prefecture on Shikoku island, adjacent to Hiroshima.

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