An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed at a farm in the Kumamoto prefecture in Japan, where 200 broilers have died from the virus. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on April 13 received notification of the avian influenza outbreak in Japan from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Japan.

This is the first report of avian influenza in Kumamoto since 2011.

According to the OIE report, 56,400 broilers were susceptible to the virus, with 200 fatal cases. The remaining 56,200 were destroyed.

Local veterinary officials had visited the farm affected by avian influenza in Kumamoto on April 12, immediately after being notified by the owner. The Kumamoto Livestock Hygiene Centre then confirmed that samples from the dead birds were consistent with an H5 serotype of avian influenza.

Movement restrictions have been imposed on farms within a 3-kilometer radius of the infected farm, and shipment restrictions have been imposed on farms within a 10-kilometer radius.