Chickens slaughtered as bird flu spreads to second farm in Victoria, Australia

Hundreds of thousands of laying hens have reportedly been culled in southeastern Australia as quarantine measures are implemented to contain outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

The H7N3 bird flu strain was detected on a farm in Terang, about 212 kilometers (132 miles) southwest of Melbourne, agriculture officials in Victoria state reported Thursday. The property is directly connected through the joint management, staff and machinery of a farm in Meredith, about 130 kilometers northeast of Terang, where about 400,000 chickens were culled this week to eradicate the virus, according to the Sydney Morning Herald .

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