The highly pathogenic H5 virus was detected through
genetic testing of chickens at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture in the
south, the ministry said on its Website.
A total of 1,100 chickens have died and about 112,000 would be
culled, media said.
There is believed to be no risk of the virus spreading to humans
through consumption of chicken eggs or meat, said Tomoyuki Takehisa,
an Agricultural Ministry official.
It is the first bird flu case in Japan since 2011 when it was
detected in Chiba prefecture, north of Tokyo.
(Reporting by Nathan Layne; editing by Robert Birsel)
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