1.5 million chickens will be killed in Japan due to an outbreak of bird flu

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Japan has already recorded outbreaks of bird flu in Okaami and Ibaraki prefectures.

  • Health workers in Japan (Reuters)

Japanese media reports on Friday said more than 1.5 million chickens will be killed in Okayama and Ibaraki prefectures as a result of the bird flu outbreak.

510,000 chickens will be slaughtered in Okayama alongside 1.04 million in Ibaraki after genetic analysis found a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu in the two areas, leading to the enforcement of a quarantine for the transportation of chickens and their eggs within a radius of 3 kilometers.

The export of chickens and eggs outside the 10 kilometer zone was prohibited. Japan has already recorded outbreaks of bird flu in prefectures, in addition to Kagawa and the island of Hokkaido.

Over the past month, a total of 1.89 million chickens have been culled, a similar number to the number recorded last year, as from fall 2020 to spring 2021, Japan experienced the largest flu outbreak. bird of its history.

Highly contagious, the bird flu virus can cause the death of birds due to the presence of the flu. More than a third of the prefectures were impacted and around 10 million chickens were killed on more than 50 farms.

According to the World Health Organization, human infections of zoonotic or animal-borne influenza are “primarily acquired through direct contact with infected animals or contaminated environments, but do not result in effective transmission of these viruses between humans. people”.

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