Record 1.37 M. Chickens to Be Culled at Flu-Hit Aomori Farm


Aomori, Dec. 15 (Jiji Press)--The Aomori prefectural government started Thursday afternoon to cull all of some 1.37 million chickens raised at a poultry farm in the city of Misawa, where an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed.

The number of chickens to be slaughtered due to an avian flu outbreak is the largest ever for a single farm in Japan, according to the agriculture ministry. It is expected to take about a month to cull all of the egg-laying hens at the Misawa farm.

The latest case is the second bird flu outbreak at a farm in the northeastern Japan prefecture this season and the 35th across the country.

At the request of Aomori Governor Shingo Mimura, who is now on a business trip to Taiwan, 60 Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force troops were dispatched to join the work to slaughter the chickens.

In response to the outbreak, the prefectural government held a crisis management headquarters meeting at its head office in the city of Aomori, the capital of the prefecture. “Chicken farming is an important industry that underpins the local economy, so we must prevent infection from spreading to other farms by all means,” Mimura, who took part in the meeting online, said, instructing prefectural officials to thoroughly take necessary measures.

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