Bird flu confirmed at chicken farm in Hokkaido
Jiji -- Dec 17
Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed at a chicken farm in the town of Shimizu, Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, the prefectural government said Friday.

This is the fifth bird flu case confirmed at a domestic poultry farm this winter. The other four cases happened at a chicken farm in the village of Sekikawa, Niigata Prefecture, central Japan, another in the city of Joetsu in the same prefecture, and two duck farms in the city of Aomori, the capital of the namesake prefecture in northeastern Japan.

The Shimizu farm has 210,000 chickens for eggs production. Work to cull the birds will start Saturday morning. After the culling, the birds will be buried to prevent the spread of infections.

Around 10 a.m. Friday (1 a.m. GMT), the Tokachi livestock hygiene service center, which covers the town, received a report that about 30 chickens were found dead at the farm, according to the Hokkaido government.

北海道清水町にある養鶏場のニワトリから高病原性鳥インフルエンザウイルスが検出されました。 16日、清水町にある養鶏場から「ニワトリ30羽が死んでいる」と家畜保健衛生所に連絡がありました。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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