While the H5N8 bird flu virus has been circulating in Europe over the last two years, the recent outbreak began in early November when food safety officials detected the virus at a poultry farm in Hungary, prompting the culling of 9,000 turkeys. All five of the chicken sent for a test were found positive for bird flu, according to the Niigata government.
Also on Tuesday, South Korean agriculture ministry said Seoul will cull 3 per cent of its total poultry population to curb an outbreak of bird flu that has hit a number of farms across the nation. After a further 20 chickens were found dead in the afternoon, the poultry farm reported the case to the prefecture.
Tokyo/Seoul: Japan has started culling more than 300,000 chickens and ducks after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on farms in the north of the country, local officials said. The prefecture confirmed the H5 subtype strain through genetic testing.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed relevant government ministries and agencies to coordinate to deal with the matter.
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Officials restricted the movements of poultry and eggs within 3 kilometers (5 miles) of the infected farms. Those most at risk include farmers, veterinarians, and other animal workers who come in direct contact with diseased birds or their carcasses. About 60 chicken farms operate in the neighborhood of the affected farm in Niigata, where about half a million chickens are raised.
"There are fears that it could occur in other regions (in Japan)" considering infections had been found among wild birds and there have been outbreaks in neighbouring countries, Suga said.
Japan culled some 200,000 chicken in 2015 following an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu in Okayama prefecture, western Japan.