There may be a closer case of HPAI H5N1 in birds, but this is confirmed.

My apologies to those who listen to webpages rather than see images– the distance between Bethel and the nearest HPAI H5N1 is 3,553 miles (see map below). In the comments you will note the distance to the HPAI H5N1 in England is 4,632 miles (7454 km). On the US newsmedia cognitive maps, the UK is closer.

Bird flu detected in southern Japan identified as virulent H5N1 strain
Updated 1/16/2007

TOKYO (AP) — Tests have confirmed that bird flu detected in chickens in southern Japan was the virulent H5N1 strain that has caused more than 160 human deaths worldwide, the Japanese Agriculture Ministry said Tuesday.

The virus, identified Tuesday by the National Institute of Animal Health, killed about 4,000 chickens last week at a farm in Kiyotake town in Miyazaki prefecture (state).

Japan says bird flu outbreak is from deadly H5N1
16 Jan 2007
Source: Reuters
By Miho Yoshikawa

TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) – An outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm in southwestern Japan was due to the lethal H5N1 strain of the virus, a farm ministry official said on Tuesday, confirming the first such case to hit Japan in three years.

BET H5N1 2

2007 map from WHO
2007 WHO map

Cumulative map from WHO
cumulative WHO map

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