Monday, March 14, 2011
Japan can’t seem to catch a break.
First came the 9.0 earthquake, which was followed by a tsunami, which was followed by damaged nuclear energy plants. Now comes news of Avian influenza infection on Sunday among chickens at a poultry farm in Chiba City, Japan.
Local authorities began culling about 35,000 birds at the poultry farm and restricted the movements of another 869,000 birds being raised within a 10-kilometer radius of the farm in question.
‘‘This is a very severe situation as damage from the huge earthquake is also serious,’’ Chiba Gov. Kensaku Morita said at a press conference, referring to the powerful quake that struck northeastern and eastern Japan on Friday.
A total of four birds were found dead at the Chiba City farm on Friday and Saturday, and a genetic test confirmed that four out of seven birds checked were infected by a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu virus, local government officials said.
Chiba is Japan’s second-largest chicken egg producing prefecture.