A pair of tufted ducks found dead earlier this month in a water reservoir in Fukushima Prefecture have been confirmed to have had a highly virulent type of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the prefectural government said Wednesday.
The virus found in the northeastern prefecture is quite similar to the highly lethal, highly pathogenic virus discovered in a wild duck in Hokkaido last October, according to an official at the Environment Ministry.
The ministry will raise the alert level and beef up surveillance within the 10-kilometer radius of the reservoir. The ministry and the prefectural government will also conduct on-site inspections of nearly 60 local poultry farms in four municipalities.
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