The Japanese agriculture ministry has confirmed that the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu caused an outbreak of the disease in poultry at a farm in Kyoto prefecture.
The National Institute of Animal Health tested the disease found last week in the country’s third bird flu outbreak to see if it was the H5N1 strain, which has affected many parts of Asia in recent weeks and has caused the deaths of over 20 people, reported Kyodo News.
Recent bird flu outbreaks in two other Japanese prefectures were also caused by the H5N1 strain. The first outbreak was reported in mid January at a farm in Yamaguchi, while the second was found in mid February in Oita. There have so far been no reports of humans catching the disease in Japan.