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Japan begin culling 122,000 birds

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

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TOKYO: Japan has begun killing about 122,000 farm birds to contain another outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said.

It is the 6th mass cull this winter, with nearly a million birds slaughtered in total as the virus has been detected at several farms across the country.

The highly virulent H5 strain was discovered in chickens at a farm in the town of Kawaminami in southwestern Japan’s Miyazaki prefecture, according to a statement released by the local government.

The mass cull was expected to be completed in 24 hours, the official added.

Authorities have also banned the transport of poultry and poultry products in areas close to the affected farms, while sterilising main roads leading to them.

Just three days ago, northern Hokkaido began culling about 280,000 farm birds.

The local government completed the mass killing on Tuesday morning, going over the estimated 24-hour deadline due to cold weather.

Source by: Internet

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