Hong Kong is banning eggs from Taiwan, effective immediately, following the recent discovery of a new H5N2 avian influenza strain and the H5N8 flu virus at goose and duck farms in southern Taiwan, Hong Kong authorities announced Monday.
Hong Kong does not import live chickens, ducks or geese or their meat from Taiwan but does import a small amount of their eggs, the Hong Kong Food & Environmental Hygiene Department's Centre for Food Safety.
Hong Kong imported around 6 million eggs from Taiwan in the first 11 months of 2014.
Also on Monday, Geese at three more fowl farms in Chiayi County were found infected with a subtype H5N8 virus which will lead to avian flu, according to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine under the Council of Agriculture Monday.
All the farms will be disinfected after their geese have been destroyed, according to the bureau.
This brought to nine the number of fowl farms infected with the virus in Taiwan.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said it is closely monitoring the avian flu outbreak in Taiwan and urged Taiwan to work with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to prevent it from spreading to wider areas.