TOKYO: The government has decided to kill more than 800,000 chickens to stem the spread of bird flu in Japan.

According to a report by a foreign news agency, 840,000 chickens will be killed in the Japanese province of Abaraki. The decision came after more than a dozen chickens were found dead on a poultry farm.

According to the report, Abaraki has become the 17th province in terms of winter bird flu.

Work has begun on a mission to kill chickens in the provincial city of Shirosoto. Ibaraki Province, meanwhile, has declared a three-kilometer radius from the poultry farm a “containment zone” where poultry and eggs are not allowed.

In this regard, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan says that a record number of chickens have died due to bird flu during the recent winter, while more than 6 million chickens have been killed this season.

It is estimated that about 40 farms have been affected by the flu in Japan in the recent season.

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