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Japanese authorities to slaughter over 800,000 chickens due to bird flu

15:49, 20 November 2020
Japanese authorities to slaughter over 800,000 chickens due to bird flu Photo: Sergey Bulkin/NEWS.ru

Two new outbreaks of bird flu have been reported on Shikoku Island in Japan, Politika Segodnya news agency reports.


The authorities of the country in this regard have decided to slaughter about 845,000 chickens.

The first case of infection was recorded at a poultry farm in Mito city on November 5. Before this, bird flu in Japan hadn’t been detected for three years. By November 20, according to the authorities’ order, about 300,000 chickens had already been killed. However, it was impossible to stop the spread of the disease.

The company president, who runs the infected farm, said that all sanitary measures were being observed at the facility. The entrepreneur admitted that he didn’t understand how the chickens could have become infected and concluded that he had no choice but to wait for the industry regulators’ instructions.

On November 11, Russia banned the supply of poultry and eggs from Japan and limited the import of feed and feed additives.

NEWS.ru earlier reported that Japan’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 21.4 percent year-on-year from July through September 2020.