Tokyo, March 24, 2017: An outbreak of bird flu in Japan killed 220,000 more birds on Friday, which has returned back since the end of 2016, announced by Japanese authorities.
The latest outbreak happened on a farm in Miyagi prefecture after hundreds of dead chickens were found with the infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5, Efe news reported.
Slaughtering of birds on the farm begins with help of Japan Self-Defence Forces. The process will continue till Sunday.
The birds and eggs of three affected farms within a radius of 10 km have been prohibited.
Speaking at the press conference, state broadcaster NHK, Miyagi Governor Yoshihiro Murai said that “this is the first outbreak of bird flu detected on a farm in this prefecture.”
1.39 million Poultry has been slaughtered in Japan so far since the bird flu again hit the country after 2014 outbreak in November 2016. A high alert was raised by the Environment Ministry.