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Japan to cull 310,000 chickens in Aichi Prefecture amid bird flu outbreak

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Tokyo: About 310,000 chickens will be culled in central Aichi Prefecture in Japan due to an outbreak of bird flu, the Kyodo news agency reported on Monday.

Local authorities say this is the first such outbreak in the past 11 years.

On Sunday, workers at a farm in Aichi discovered an unusually high number of dead chickens. Out of 13 dead chickens, six were found to have suffered from bird flu.

According to Kyodo, another 34,000 chickens were culled in the prefecture of Kagoshima amid a bird flu outbreak.

Over the past weeks, Japan has registered bird flu outbreaks in the prefectures of Okayama, Kagawa, Miyagi, Aomori, Wakayama, Tottori, Kagoshima as well as on the island of Hokkaido. In total, about 3.3 million chickens have been culled in the country since the season’s first outbreak on October 28.

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