MAGNITUDE 5.9 IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
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Depth: 15 km
Distances: 527 km SE of Yokohama-shi, Japan / pop: 3,574,443 / local time: 06:25:48.6 2015-05-11
470 km S of Katsuura / pop: 22,307 / local time: 06:25:00.0 2015-05-11
Hundreds of birds killed in hail storm in Ahmedabad, India
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20,000 birds dead, 180,000 to be killed due to bird flu in Wisconsin, USA
A dangerous bird-flu strain that already has hit numerous turkey farms in the Midwest has now been identified in a Jefferson County chicken flock, marking the first case of the virus in a commercial chicken farm in the U.S. and its first appearance in Wisconsin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.
Authorities stressed there was no risk to public health and no danger to the food supply from the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain, which was first detected in the region in Minnesota early last month.
No human cases have been found in the U.S. But as a precaution, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reaching out to workers who may have been exposed. Surveillance and testing also are underway at nearby farms.
Animal health officials have long said the virus is dangerous to all commercial poultry. The only surprise of it turning up in chickens is that it took so long, said Raechelle Cline, a spokeswoman for Wisconsin’s agriculture department.
The USDA said tests confirmed that a flock of about 200,000 chickens at an egg-laying facility in Jefferson County, has been infected.
The owner of the egg-laying facility found a dead bird about a week ago and sent it to a laboratory in Missouri for testing. After the initial diagnosis was avian flu, it was sent to another lab in Ames, Iowa, where the diagnosis was confirmed, Cline said.
About 20,000 chickens already have died from the disease at the Jefferson County facility, and the remaining 180,000 will be killed to help prevent the disease from spreading, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.