Over 845,000 Chickens to Be Exterminated in Japan Over New Outbreaks of Bird Flu, Reports Claim

© REUTERS / Jo Yong hakChickens for Korean traditional wedding ceremony are displayed for sale at a chicken store in Seoul April 17, 2008.
Chickens for Korean traditional wedding ceremony are displayed for sale at a chicken store in Seoul April 17, 2008.  - Sputnik International
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TOKYO (Sputnik) – Over 845,000 chickens will be culled in the Japanese prefecture of Kagawa over two new outbreaks of a bird flu on the island of Shikoku, Japanese media reported on Friday.

On Thursday, media reported that a large number of birds had died at two farms in Kagawa. Further tests confirmed that they had been infected with a bird flu, as Japanese authorities discovered a sixth and seventh outbreak in just the last several weeks.

According to the Kyodo news agency, 350,000 chickens would be culled at one farm and 495,000 at another.

Not transmissible to humans, the highly pathogenic H5 flu was first detected at a bird farm near Kagawa’s city of Mitoyo, where nearly 4,000 chickens died between November 1 and 4. On November 13, Russia imposed restrictions on poultry imports from Japan over the bird flu outbreaks.

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