URGENT: Avian flu confirmed in western Japan's Kagawa Pref.: farm minister

The government has confirmed the outbreak of a highly pathogenic avian flu at a chicken farm in western Japan’s Kagawa Prefecture, farm minister Kotaro Nogami said Thursday.After reporting the outbreak to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at his office, Nogami told reporters that countermeasures will be taken, including culling affected chickens, beginning Thursday morning.

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