Japan orders chicken cull to contain bird flu

Japan has ordered the slaughter of some

112,000 chickens after officials confirmed bird

flu infections at a poultry farm in the south.

DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus

at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture that kept

56,000 birds, after its owner reported on

Saturday a lot of sudden deaths among his

poultry, the agriculture ministry said in a


Officials also ordered the culling of another

56,000 birds at a separate farm run by the

same owner after treating it as a location of

possible infections, the ministry said on


Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga held a

meeting with selected ministers, including

Agriculture Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, to

discuss the outbreak.

"The government will take thorough measures

to prevent wider infections," Suga told the


It was the first confirmed outbreak of bird flu

in Japan in three years.

The ministry has however been warning

farmers about infection risks, citing the

continued spread of the disease in Asia,

including neighbouring South Korea.

Local authorities on Saturday banned

movement of chickens from the two affected

farms as well as other farms in their vicinities.

Authorities were sanitising areas around the

two farms and testing birds at other area


Officials were also setting up areas to disinfect

vehicles travelling on major roads around the

affected farms to prevent the virus from

spreading further.

The government will dispatch a team of

officials and experts to identify the cause of

the latest infections and to assist local

authorities to take necessary measures.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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