Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Information received on 17/07/2014 from Dr Toshiro Kawashima, CVO, Deputy Director-General, Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tokyo, Japan
Report type Follow-up report No. 5 (Final report)
Date of start of the event 11/04/2014
Date of confirmation of the event 13/04/2014
Report date 17/07/2014
Date submitted to OIE 17/07/2014
Date event resolved 16/04/2014
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 25/03/2011
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
This event pertains to the whole country
Related reports Immediate notification (13/04/2014)
Follow-up report No. 1 (18/04/2014)
Follow-up report No. 2 (25/04/2014)
Follow-up report No. 3 (02/05/2014)
Follow-up report No. 4 (08/05/2014)
Follow-up report No. 5 (17/07/2014)
Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments Japan declares freedom from avian influenza with effect from 17 July 2014 according to the Article 10.4.3. of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code. As specified in the Article 10.4.3., a stamping-out policy, including the destruction of all susceptible animals and the disinfection of the affected farm and the related farm, was applied and all the control measures were completed on 16 April 2014. Active surveillance with the confirmation tests to prove freedom from avian influenza were conducted by clinical inspection, serum antibody test and virus isolation, and the three-month period has passed since the application of a stamping-out policy, without any new outbreaks.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Screening
  • Disinfection / Disinfestation
  • Quarantine
  • Stamping out
  • Control of wildlife reservoirs
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Future Reporting
The event is resolved. No more reports will be submitted.