Japanese officials are getting worried that the the H5N1 virus (also known as the bird virus) is spreading among the birds in the northern region. This was after a swan was positively identified and was tested for the disease.
According to a farm official in Hokkaido, there’s been no poultry affected so far in the said region. However, as a precaution, the authorities will be inspecting three nearby poultry farms and disinfect 180,000 chickens.
The said swan was reported found dead last May 5 near Saroma Lake, Japan. The other two dead swans were also found in Hokkaido and the other was in Akita.