Japan to slaughter 410,000 chickens for bird flu
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 00:00
Tokyo: An official says bird flu has been detected on a farm in southern Japan and its 410,000 chickens are to be slaughtered.

Miyazaki agricultural official Masuhiro Nozaki says five dead birds on the farm were confirmed infected with the H5 strain of bird flu late yesterday.

Nozaki said more tests were under way to determine whether it was the virulent H5N1 subtype.

Nozaki said today Japan will send some 170 ground troops to Miyazaki to help local authorities contain the spread of bird flu.

Cars driving in and out of the area were being disinfected and the movement of chickens and eggs from farms in the area was banned.


First Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 00:00

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