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Announcement of Avian Influenza Subtype H5N1 Virus Detected in a Wild Mountain Hawk Eagle

March 18, 2007

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has recently announced that the Avian Zoonoses Research Center, the Faculty of Agriculture, Tottori University, submitted a report saying that the avian influenza subtype H5N1 virus was isolated from the wild Mountain Hawk Eagle that died from wasting on January 4, 2007 in Kumamoto Prefecture. It was found by conducting a test for avian influenza as well as for suspected lead poisoning at the center, as requested by the MOE.

The MOE has also announced that it has requested further testing for the identification of the pathogenic type and genetic analysis in order to judge the toxicity of the virus.


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