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Chicken culling begins after bird flu detected in Miyazaki, Japan

Staff Writer |
The local government began culling 168,400 chickens early Wednesday after some dead chickens at a poultry farm in Miyazaki Prefecture were found to have contracted a highly virulent strain of bird flu.

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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.

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