Japan: H5N1 avian influenza detected in raccoon dog (tanuki) in Sapporo, Hokkaido

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment reported a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in a raccoon dog, or tanuki in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Hokkaido University collected the debilitated individual raccoon dog, which died on April 1. On April 7, Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1 subtype) was detected as a result of conducting a genetic test in an original test conducted by Hokkaido University.

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