The Yomiuri Shimbun

Workers involved in culling the chickens on Monday place a blue plastic tarpaulin over the ground where the chickens were to be buried.

8:27 pm, April 15, 2014

The Yomiuri Shimbun KUMAMOTO—The Kumamoto prefectural government has completed the culling of about 112,000 chickens after an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza at a poultry farm in Taragi, Kumamoto Prefecture, was confirmed Sunday. The chickens, which had been kept on two farms operated by the same owner in Taragi and Sagara in the prefecture, were placed into pits at the farms on Tuesday morning, according to the prefecture.

The prefectural government will also place feed and manure from the two farms in pits and bury them with the chickens as epidemic prevention measures on Wednesday.

Poultry houses at the farms will be disinfected as well.

The prefectural government is beefing up avian influenza countermeasures and trying to prevent an outbreak by such means as increasing the number of disinfection checkpoints.

The agriculture ministry on Monday announced that the source of the current avian influenza outbreak “is highly likely to have been spread by migratory birds.”

The prefectural government has set up 13 disinfection checkpoints for passing vehicles and will add four more disinfection checkpoints soon. The checkpoints are primarily used for vehicles driven by people involved in the livestock industry.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the prefectural government had received no reports of suspected avian influenza cases beyond the Taragi farm case, according to the prefecture.

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