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Japan Reports Emerging Case of H1N1 Influenza

by 5m Editor
21 January 2010, at 9:37am

JAPAN - The Japanese veterinary authorities have reported an emerging case of H1N1 flu in the country.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification yesterday, 20 January 2010. The outbreak was first confirmed on 12 January 2010.

The outbreak has occured in swine at a farm in Shonai area, Yamagata. The issue has not yet been resolved. The source of the outbreak has not yet been determined.

According to the report, a worker found the animals, which occasionally showed poor appetite, fever and cough in the farm, and reported their condition to the Livestock Hygiene Service Centre in Yamagata prefecture on 12 January 2010.

Ten animals which showed clinical signs were sampled.

Five of ten samples were found to be influenza A positive by rapid test on 12 January 2010 and 7 of 10 samples were influenza A positive by PCR on 13 January 2010.

There were some workers who had been infected with influenza A virus before the outbreak.

On 20 January 2010, the virus strains detected from 4 samples were confirmed as pandemic influenza H1N1 2009 by the National Institute of Animal Health (NIAH).

The affected farm is being under voluntary movement restraint.

Epidemiological investigation is continuing.