PREFECTURAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES GUARD A ROAD BLOCK LEADING TO POULTRY FARM IN ATO TOWN, JAPAN.
Prefectural government employees guard a road block leading to the poultry farm in Ato town, western Japan, January 14, 2004 where an outbreak of bird flu was confirmed. Japan has confirmed an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu that has swept through Asia and has dealt a blow to South Korea's poultry industry. About 6,000 chickens found dead on a farm in the western prefecture of Yamaguchi died of avian influenza, prefectural officials said on Monday. REUTERS/Issei Kato IK/FA