Japan launches bird flu inspections
Big on preventative measures, Japanese officials have
begun poultry inspections after bird flu reports.
Government launched inspections at all 280 poultry farms in the
prefecture following reports that the highly-pathogenic bird flu had broken out
at a poultry farm in Kiyotake, Miyazaki Prefecture. The Ministry of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
had also requested that all prefectures in Japan conduct
Officials from Ibaraki Prefecture's northern livestock
hygiene service centre visited a
poultry farm in the town of Ibaraki that has about 10,000 egg-laying hens. After
inspecting the conditions in which the hens were kept, the officials asked
workers about how their chickens were raised and whether there had been any
changes in the number of hens that died.
A worker said operations were running normally, but voiced fears that
rumours could harm the farm's business.
Bird flu broke out in Ibaraki Prefecture in June 2005. About 5.68 million
chickens (about half of the prefecture's egg-laying hens) were killed before the
prefecture announced in June last year that the epidemic had ended. The
prefecture's livestock division plans to inspect all of the prefecture's poultry
farms within two weeks.
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