Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has raised the bird flu alert to its highest level after confirming the presence of the highly contagious H5N6 strain in a pool located in the southern archipelago and several dead birds.

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Since 2014, it is the first time that Tokyo has raised the alert to level 3 after the contagious strain was detected in a pond in Izumi, Kagoshima prefecture, on the southern island of Kyushu, a ministry spokesman confirmed to the agency Efe.

The bird flu virus was also detected in two dead swans at Akita Zoo, north of the main island of Honshu, which tested positive on a first test, leading the center to slaughter 132 birds.

The zoo found the two dead swans last week and sent them to Hokkaido University (in the northern homonymous island) to determine if it is the same strain (H5N6), recently detected in South Korea, where more than 60 Thousand birds.

The Japanese university is also examining samples of a wild swan found in the town of Nakashibetsu, also in Hokkaido, on 07 July.

In addition, the Ministry of Environment has confirmed the presence of the virus in teal stool in Tottori, in the west of the country.

Officials set up a 10-kilometer observation radius around the site where the infected remains were found and sent special teams to study the probabilities of infection and the origin of the disease in the Asian country.

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