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Taitung chicken farm reports H5N2 avian flu outbreak

Taitung chicken farm reports H5N2 avian flu outbreak

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) A chicken farm in Taitung, eastern Taiwan has been confirmed to have been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, and the farm's chickens, as well as ducks and geese, were set to be culled later Monday.
Taitung's Animal Disease Control Center said it had received reports from the farm in Taimali, which has around 600 chickens and more than 100 ducks and geese, that chickens have been dying in large numbers since early July.
The center said that only around 170 chickens were left after the massive die-off. The ducks and geese have not been infected, but will be culled too.
Shih Tai-hua, deputy director-general of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Heath Inspection and Quarantine of the Council of Agriculture, said that the avian flu is an H5 subtype that poses no threat to humans.
Shih noted that avian flu outbreaks have been reported every two or three days on average since the beginning of this year, mainly in Changhua and Yunlin counties.
The latest outbreak is Taitung's first since January, when a small chicken farm of around 200 chickens reported infection. (By Tyson Lu, Tsai Yu-tze and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 18:48 GMT+08:00