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More geese culled in wake of avian flu outbreak

More geese culled in wake of avian flu outbreak

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) More geese at farms in southern Taiwan and in northern Taiwan's Taoyuan were culled or will shortly be culled as part of efforts to halt the spread of the current avian influenza outbreak. In Chiayi, 24 goose farms have sent samples for testing and as of Friday, geese from 16 of them have been culled. The number of birds culled, as well as those that have died in the latest outbreak, has reached more than 89,000. In southern Taiwan's Pingtung County, where the avian flu was first reported last week, officials said 21 poultry farms had been infected as of Friday, including 19 goose farms, one chicken farm and one duck farm. In neighboring Kaohsiung, officials culled 4,000 geese at a farm in Meinung that day after detecting H5 type of avian flu virus. In Taoyuan, two more goose farms were detected to have been infected with H5 types of the highly pathogenic virus. Culling of the geese on the two farms was due to begin the following morning, with up to 20,000 geese expected to be culled. The Taoyuan city government, meanwhile, has solicited the assistance of the military with the disinfection within a one kilometer radius of the goose farms to mitigate misgivings of residents in the area. (By Chiang Chun-liang , Ko Chu-chen, Wang Shu-fen, Chiu Chun-chin and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-19 10:36 GMT+08:00