Ja­pan culls 330,000 birds

The Myanmar Times - - World -

JA­PAN has be­gun slaugh­ter­ing more than 330,000 farm birds to con­tain its first out­breaks of a highly con­ta­gious strain of avian flu in nearly two years.

The planned cull of some 16,500 ducks at a farm in the north­ern pre­fec­ture of Ao­mori and nearly 320,000 chickens at a farm in cen­tral Ni­igata pre­fec­ture, be­gan yes­ter­day, said top gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Yoshi­hide Suga.

Au­thor­i­ties also banned the trans­port of poul­try and poul­try prod­ucts in ar­eas close to the farms af­fected by the H5 strain, while ster­il­is­ing main roads lead­ing to them.

“There are fears that it could oc­cur in other re­gions [in Ja­pan]” con­sid­er­ing in­fec­tions had been found among wild birds and there have been out­breaks in neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, Mr Suga said.

Ja­pan’s last con­firmed case of avian flu was at a farm in Jan­uary 2015.

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