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Avian Influenza / Poultry Welfare
on January 24, 2011

Japan to cull 410,000 bird flu-infected chickens

Affected farm in nation's second-biggest growing region for poultry

A farm in Miyazaki, Japan, is culling 410,000 of its chickens after five of the birds were found dead and infected with the H5 strain of bird flu.

The farm is located in Japan's second-biggest growing region for poultry, and additional precautions are being taken to prevent spreading the disease through the area. The government has imposed a band on the movement of birds and eggs within a radius of 10 kilometers from the affected farms and is disinfecting area vehicles. “We have not received any additional reports of bird-flu outbreaks so far,” said Shinichi Igawa, an official at the ministry’s animal health division.

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