Japan to Cull Record Number of Chickens due to Bird Flu


Tokyo, Jan. 9 (Jiji Press)--The number of chickens to be culled in Japan due to bird flu may surpass 10 million for the first time this season, people familiar with the situation said Monday.

The prefectural government of Ibaraki, northeast of Tokyo, said Monday it has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza at a poultry farm in the town of Shirosato.

About 930,000 chickens raised for eggs at the farm will all be culled, prefectural officials said. That brought the number of chickens to be culled due to bird flu across the country to a record high of about 9.98 million this season.

The previous season high was some 9.87 million chickens culled in the period from November 2020 through March 2021.

In addition, the prefectural government of Miyazaki, southwestern Japan, Monday reported a suspected bird flu outbreak involving a poultry farm in the town of Kawaminami.

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