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Monday, January 24, 2011

Japan : Japan redoubles efforts to tackle bird flu outbreak in SW region

Via Xinhua :

" TOKYO, Jan. 24 : The Miyazaki Prefectural government on Monday redoubled its efforts to combat the outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus in the prefecture, located on the eastern coast of the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan.

Following conformation of the virus at a second poultry farm in the area, more culling of chickens is expected after a 410,000 chickens were slaughtered at a farm there on Sunday, local media said.

The local government announced Saturday that a genetic test had detected the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus in six chickens at the Mori Furanjo Omagari Nojo farm in the city of Miyazaki, where dozens of birds were found dead."

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