Outbreak of bird flu in Japan kills 4,000 chickens.


An outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm in the southwest of the country, Japan has culled around 4,000 chickens.

An Official said earlier today that all birds were subsequently slaughtered after three birds tested positive of the influenza virus at the site.

The local government also asked nearby poultry farms to restrict movements of livestock, the official said. There is believed to be no risk of the virus spreading to humans through consumption of chicken eggs or meat, he said.

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Bird flu, or avian flu, is an infectious viral illness that spreads among birds. In rare cases it can affect humans and two types have caused serious concern in recent years. These are the H5N1 and H7N9 viruses.

Last month 6,000 birds were culled at a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire after an outbreak of avian flu. However, the strain was not deemed a threat to humans.





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