(TOKYO) -- A sixth case of bird flu has been detected at a farm in Japan, adding onto an outbreak that has called for the culling of more than half a million chickens in the country.
The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries confirmed the latest case Monday in the southern Miyazaki Prefecture. Government officials immediately began culling the 40,000 chickens at the farm, and imposed a ban on transporting chickens and eggs from poultry farms within a six mile radius.
On Sunday, 90 chickens were found dead on the farm and tests revealed four out of the five birds tested came out positive for avian flu, The Mainichi Daily Times reported.
So far, five prefectures have been affected by the outbreak, and more than 600,000 chickens have been culled since the flu was first detected on Jan 22. The hardest hit region has been Miyazaki -- the prefecture that was at the center of the foot and mouth outbreak last summer when 300,000 farm animals were slaughtered.
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