For the second time since December, the Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan culled thousands of chickens because of bird flu.
Miyazaki Prefecture has the largest number of broiler chickens among Japan’s 47 prefectures with 27.4 million.
The latest mass culling claimed 168,400 chickens after some dead chickens are found at a poultry farm in the Kijo district. The prefectural government confirmed the presence of a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus after conducting genetic tests.
Last month, 120,000 chickens were culled after detecting the dreaded virus at a poultry farm in Kawaminami, a neighboring district of Kijo in Miyazaki Prefecture.
Since November, the highly pathogenic H5 strain of virus has been detected at poultry farms in many areas of Japan including Niigata, Aomori, Hokkaido, Gifu and Miyazaki prefectures.