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H5N2 flu detected in Changhua; over 20,000 chickens culled

H5N2 flu detected in Changhua; over 20,000 chickens culled

Taipei Oct. 18 (CNA) More than 20,000 chickens were culled on a poultry farm in Changhua County after it was confirmed that they had been infected with H5N2, a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, the local Animal Disease Control Center said Sunday. Changhua's Animal Disease Control Center received a report Wednesday that several indigenous chickens had died under unusual circumstances on a farm in Tacheng Township in Changhua County in central Taiwan. Specimens sent to health authorities tested positive for the H5N2 bird flu virus, the Bureau of Animal Health Inspection and Quarantine confirmed Saturday. Based on the test results, local epidemic prevention workers culled 20,060 indigenous chickens on the farm Sunday, the bureau said. Tung Meng-chih (???), director of Changhua's Animal Disease Control Center, called on local poultry farmers to redouble their decontamination efforts and pay closer attention to the health of their birds as avian flu has been spreading in Taiwan since earlier this year. (By Hsiao Po-yang and Maria Tsai)


Updated : 2021-09-27 03:27 GMT+08:00