Japan rushes to contain bird flu spread in 1st outbreak of season

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Authorities in southwestern Japan on Saturday rushed to contain the season’s first avian influenza outbreak, identifying around 40,000 birds for culling and implementing quarantine measures for nearby farms.

A highly contagious strain of the virus was detected on a poultry farm in Kashima, Saga Prefecture, prompting neighboring prefectural and national authorities to convene task forces.

The Saga prefectural government said Saturday morning that bird flu cases were confirmed at a farm in Kashima, with the culling of all 40,000 birds expected to be completed by Sunday morning.

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