Monday, January 16, 2006

Bird flu causes bird cull in Japan

Authorities on Monday stated that Japan would cull (slaughter and dispose of), another 770,000 birds after the avian influenza virus was detected at a farm in northern Japan. An H5 strain of the avian influenza virus was detected in some chickens at the Moriya farm in Ibaraki prefecture.

The farm is located about 65 miles (100 kilometers) north of Tokyo. This on top of the hundreds of thousands of birds that have already been destroyed at other Ibaraki farms over the past few months following outbreaks of the H5N2 virus. The H5N2 Virus, while less deadly then it’s cousin the H5N1 Virus, is still considered a serious enough thread to warrant culling.

Posted by john T. on 01/16 at 02:14 PM
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