TOKYO, June 20 (Xinhua) — Japan’s agriculture ministry has introduced that the nation is freed from avian flu after about 17.7 million birds had been culled throughout Japan, native media reported Tuesday.
The World Organization for Animal Health posted Japan’s bird-flu-free declaration on its web site on Monday, based mostly on materials submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, public broadcaster NHK reported.
The agriculture ministry stated that avian influenza has not been detected since an outbreak began at a poultry farm in Chitose City, Hokkaido, on April 7, confirming that the virus has been eradicated from poultry farms and elsewhere within the nation, stated the report.
Japan logged a record-high variety of fowl flu infections from October to April. About 17.7 million chickens and different birds needed to be culled at 84 poultry farms and elsewhere throughout 26 prefectures this season, based on NHK.
It added that Ministry officers known as on farmers to make sure that disinfection measures and different steps are taken to forestall the virus from spreading subsequent season.