Infected chickens being disposed of
Officials in Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, have detected the H5 strain of the bird flu virus in dead chickens at a poultry farm in the prefecture.
The prefectural government has banned the movement or shipments of chickens and eggs from farms within a 10-kilometer radius.
Officials say about 1,100 of the 56,000 chickens at a farm in Taragi Town had died by Sunday morning.
Genetic analysis confirmed the H5 strain in 2 of the 10 tested birds.
The prefectural government has begun disposing of about 112,000 chickens at the farm and another farm in Sagara Village with the same owner.
The prefectural government sent 400 officials to complete the disposal by Monday morning and bury the birds on the farms.
To prevent the spread of the virus, the prefecture has banned the movement of birds and eggs from poultry farms within a 3-kilometer radius, and shipments of birds and eggs from farms within a 10-kilometer radius.
The prefecture is also setting up sterilization points at 10 locations around the area to disinfect the tires of passing vehicles.
Meanwhile, neighboring Kagoshima Prefecture summoned poultry producers to an emergency meeting, and called on them to thoroughly sterilize their farms.
Officials are urging about 1,000 poultry producers in the prefecture to thoroughly sterilize farms with 100 or more chickens.
Apr. 13, 2014 - Updated 13:20 UTC