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Saga begins culling of nearly 73,000 chickens after bird flu confirmed

Kyodo, JIJI

The Saga Prefectural Government began culling about 72,900 chickens Sunday at two poultry farms in the town of Arita after confirming a bird flu outbreak at one of two farms run by the same owner.

The move followed the prefecture’s announcement earlier in the day that a test confirmed highly pathogenic bird flu virus at the farm.

It’s the fifth case of bird flu in Japan this winter. Saga has banned transport of chickens and eggs at farms 3 km from the tainted farms. Those in a 10-km radius have been ordered not to ship products. Four cases of highly pathogenic bird flu have been confirmed here this winter: two in Miyazaki Prefecture and one each in Yamaguchi and Okayama prefectures.