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∑ Culling of 92,000 chickens begins in Japan after bird flu detected
∑ Japan starts culling chicken after confirming bird flu outbreak
Culling of 92,000 chickens begins in Japan after bird flu detected
January 12, 2018 (Mainichi Japan)
TAKAMATSU, Japan (Kyodo) -- Local authorities in western Japan's Kagawa Prefecture began culling about 92,000 chickens Thursday after the highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian influenza was detected.
The outbreak was confirmed at a poultry farm in the city of Sanuki as the chickens tested positive in genetic tests, making it the first bird flu case affecting livestock in Japan this season. The culling operation is to be completed within 24 hours.
The farm notified the prefectural government of a suspected bird flu case Wednesday morning, saying 55 chickens in one of its poultry houses had died.
In preliminary tests...
Japan starts culling chicken after confirming bird flu outbreak
Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori and Kaori Kaneko; editing by Richard Pullin and Amrutha Gayathri, Reuters
January 11, 2018
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanís western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm, the local government said.
The confirmation of the outbreak, which was reported earlier in the week, marked the countryís first cases of bird flu in poultry this winter.
The local government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) said late Thursday that chickens at a farm in the area of Sanuki city in Kagawa had been confirmed testing positive for a highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the government on Friday held a ministerial meeting to ensure all-out efforts to prevent the spread of flu following the outbreak...