More than 1 million chickens are killed due to the spread of bird flu in eastern Japan in the Kanto region

(ORDO NEWS) — The culling of about 1.04 million chickens at a farm in Ibaraki Prefecture has begun after the first cases of bird flu this season were confirmed in eastern Japan in the Kanto region around Tokyo.

The Ibaraki prefectural government announced on November 4 that many chickens had died at a poultry farm in Kasumigaura City, and a genetic test confirmed they were infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza.

On November 3, the prefectural government received a message from the farm and carried out a simple test, which came back positive the next day.

The prefecture imposed restrictions on 27 poultry farms within a 10 km radius of the affected farm. Ibaraki Prefecture is the largest egg producer in Japan.

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