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Local governments take up fight to keep avian flu outbreaks away

Local governments take up fight to keep avian flu outbreaks away

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) Cities and counties around Taiwan are on high alert after chicken farms in Changhua and Tainan were confirmed to have been attacked by the H5N2 avian flu virus, and they were taking measures to keep it at bay. "Epidemic prevention will be treated as if we were waging war," said Taipei City government spokesman Chang Chi-chiang, quoting Mayor Hau Lung-bin, who is currently in Europe. Chang said a special task force has been organized to reinforce the city's management of every "source" of live fowl, including poultry farms and migrant bird breeding sites. Measures have also been taken to more intensively examine bird droppings, clean up the living environment, and monitor whether birds are dying abnormally, he added, stressing that no signs of the virus had been detected so far. Similar quarantine measures have been launched in Taoyuan County and New Taipei in northern Taiwan, with the New Taipei municipal government opening an "animal disease outbreak response center" to take charge of epidemic-prevention efforts. Meanwhile, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu instructed his team to reinforce disinfection operations at chicken farms in his central Taiwan metropolis, which borders Changhua County, even if no H5N2 flu outbreaks have been reported there. According to the city's Agriculture Bureau, there are 204 chicken farms in Taichung raising over 2.8 million chickens. Monitoring of the farms has been reinforced and duck and goose farms in the metropolitan area have also been included in the safety monitoring plan, bureau director Tsai Ching-chiang said. (By Hsu Ya-chu, Bien Chin-feng, Hao Hsueh-chin and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-07-28 23:28 GMT+08:00