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Two chicken farms in southern Taiwan confirmed with avian flu

Two chicken farms in southern Taiwan confirmed with avian flu

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) The avian influenza virus has been confirmed at two chicken farms in Pingtung County Monday, leading authorities to schedule the culling of all 220,000 chickens on the farms Tuesday. The Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture said the two farms in the southern county, one focused on egg production and the other on chicken meat production, are both run by Dawushan Livestock Products Co., the same operator that reported the first case of H5N2 in Pingtung this year on Jan. 9. The egg farm has been hit by an H5 subtype, while the chicken farm is infected with a highly pathogenic H5N8 virus, the council said. As of 6 p.m. Sunday, 239 poultry farms around Taiwan have been confirmed to have the avian flu, including 51 farms that were infected with H5N8, 15 with a new variant of H5N3 and 99 with a new variant of H5N2. (By Kuo Chu-chen and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 01:04 GMT+08:00