World
Bird flu is back, 112,000 chickens slaughtered
Publish Date: Apr 13, 2014
Bird flu is back, 112,000 chickens slaughtered
AFP file photo of a chicken
  • mail
  • img
newvision

TOKYO  - Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed 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.
 
The ministry has however been warning farmers about infection risks, citing the continued spread of the disease in Asia, including neighbouring South Korea.
 
Local authorities on Saturday banned movement of chickens from the two affected farms as well as other farms in their vicinities.
 
Authorities were sanitising areas around the two farms and testing birds at other area farms.
 
Officials were also setting up areas to disinfect vehicles travelling on major roads around the affected farms to prevent the virus from spreading further.
 
The government will dispatch a team of officials and experts to identify the cause of the latest infections and to assist local authorities to take necessary measures.
 
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga held a meeting with selected ministers, including Agriculture Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, to discuss the outbreak.
 
"The government will take thorough measures to prevent wider infections," Suga told the meeting.
 
AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Germanwings co-pilot suffered depression: report
The Germanwings co-pilot said to have deliberately crashed his Airbus with 149 others aboard into the French Alps suffered serious depression six years ago, German daily Bild reported Friday....
Singapore mourns Lee with buns, dolls and exercise routines
The death of Singapore''s founding leader on Monday has spawned unusual tributes and business ideas, ranging from the reverent to the ridiculous....
Indian village bans kissing in public
An Indian village in a western coastal state has imposed a ban on couples kissing in public....
Co-pilot
THE co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight appears to have "deliberately" crashed the plane after locking his captain out of the cockpit...
Kenya detective gunned down in troubled Mombasa
A senior Kenyan detective has been gunned down in the port city of Mombasa, the scene of mounting concerns over radical Islamist recruitment,...
US sees
A nuclear deal with Iran capping over a decade of talks is in sight by a March 31 deadline, US officials say....
Will the ban of food vendors help eliminate typhoid?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter