Tokyo, January 9th: A record 9.98 million birds have been culled at poultry farms in Japan this season, the government said on Monday as bird flu cases surged nationwide.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, an outbreak of bird flu was confirmed at a poultry farm in Shirasato, Ibaraki Prefecture, and about 930,000 chickens have been culled.
According to the Xinhua News Agency, there were 56 cases of bird flu in 23 prefectures this season, surpassing previous records.
In October last year, the first bird flu infection of the season was confirmed at a poultry farm in Okayama Prefecture.
The ministry added that under the current situation in Japan, it is unlikely that consumers would catch bird flu by eating meat or eggs from infected chickens.