Chicken culling begins after bird flu detected in Miyazaki, Japan
This is the second mass culling in just over a month in Miyazaki Prefecture, which has the largest number of broiler chickens among Japan’s 47 prefectures with about 27.4 million as of last February.
After a number of chickens were found dead Tuesday at a farm in the Kijo district, the prefectural government conducted genetic tests and confirmed the presence of a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus.
That poultry farm has around 61,700 chickens with another 106,700 chickens at an adjacent facility run by the same operator, according to the prefectural government. ■