UPDATE: Japan incinerates 12,000 chickens in response to bird flu outbreak
The Japanese government confirmed the outbreak after
3,900 chickens were found dead at the farm in the prefecture, 900 km southwest
Agricultural officials of the prefecture culled the remaining 8,100
chickens. Local authorities in Japan began incinerating 12,000 dead chickens on
the farm as part of efforts to stop the spread of a recent bird
outbreak. It is still not clear if the outbreak involved the H5N1
strain, which is potentially deadly to humans.
"We will proceed by giving the utmost care to safety so as not to cause any
fear to residents in the area," Kazuo Kuroiwa, an agriculture official of Miyazaki
. Officials put the farm under a massive sanitation program while
ordering 11 other poultry farms within a 10-kilometer (six-mile) radius not to
move chickens and eggs.
Additionally, the Hong Kong government banned all poultry imports from
Japan. Hong Kong, which was the scene of the world's first reported major bird
flu outbreak among humans in 1997, imported some 1,800 mt of frozen poultry
products from Japan from January to September last year.
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