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Japan confirms first bird flu case since 2011

Published on Apr 13, 2014 1:53 PM
 
This photo taken on on Feb 17, 2014 shows chickens at a poultry market that has been closed due to the risk of spreading the H7N9 bird flu virus in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Two chickens have tested positive for avian influenza at a farm in Japan where more than 1,000 chickens have died, marking the country's first case of bird flu in three years, the Agricultural Ministry said on Sunday, April 13, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Two chickens have tested positive for avian influenza at a farm in Japan where more than 1,000 chickens have died, marking the country's first case of bird flu in three years, the Agricultural Ministry said on Sunday.

The highly pathogenic H5 virus was detected through genetic testing of chickens at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture in the south, the ministry said on its website.

A total of 1,100 chickens have died and about 112,000 would be culled, media said.

There is believed to be no risk of the virus spreading to humans through consumption of chicken eggs or meat, said Tomoyuki Takehisa, an Agricultural Ministry official.

 
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