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Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak in south

Published on Apr 13, 2014 12:06 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed on Sunday 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 Saturday a lot of sudden deaths among his poultry, the agriculture ministry said in a statement.

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.

It was the first confirmed outbreak of bird flu in Japan in three years.

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