Bird flu alert in Japan: Officials order road blocks and cull of 160,000 chickens after deadly H5 virus confirmed on farm

Government workers in protective suits carry slaughtered chickens from a poultry farm in Taragi town in Kumamoto prefecture on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu where there has been an outbreak of bird flu

Japan is on bird-flu alert after two confirmed cases at a farm in the country’s south where more than 1,000 chickens have died.

The slaughter of 112,000 chickens was today under way as efforts began to halt the spread of the highly pathogenic H5 virus after it was detected at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture.

Another 56,000 chickens will be killed at another nearby farm under the same ownership, while road blocks have been set up to prevent the spread of the virus any further…