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Bird flu outbreak in Taiwan 'not unusual': OIE

Bird flu outbreak in Taiwan 'not unusual': OIE

Paris, Jan. 16 (CNA) The latest avian influenza outbreak in Taiwan, which involves two virus subtypes seen for the first time in the country, is "not unusual," the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Friday. The organization said it has been informed by Taiwanese authorities that they will continue to monitor the situation. Over the past week, Taiwan has detected two highly pathogenic bird flu subtypes, H5N8 and H5N3, at water fowl farms for the first time ever at home. In addition, Taiwan has also discovered a new variant of the H5N2 subtype that is different from the H5N2 strains previously isolated in Taiwan. As of Thursday, 101 farms had been infected, with the H5N3 subtype found at two of them, according to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine under Taiwan's Council of Agriculture. (By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-22 01:26 GMT+08:00