H5N8-confirmed chickens being destroyed in New Taipei City

Chickens in New Taipei City that had been confirmed H5N8 avian influenza infections Sept. 3 would be destroyed with other 40 frozen carcasses.

Chickens in New Taipei City that had been confirmed H5N8 avian influenza infections Sept. 3 would be destroyed with other 40 frozen carcasses. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chickens in New Taipei City that had been confirmed H5N8 avian influenza infections Sept. 3 would be destroyed with other 40 frozen carcasses, said the Council of Agriculture.

Council of Agriculture said that the New Taipei City’s local slaughterhouse reported some chickens may be infected with avian flu infection as veterinarians making sanitation check Sept. 1, and informed the New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office immediately.

Another 40 and 24 suspect chicken carcasses were frozen and sealed at the same time.

Laboratory tests had confirmed the problematic chickens were infected with H5N8 avian flu, and the 40 frozen chickens were destroyed, said the office.

These infected chickens were traced to two chicken farms in Yunlin and Taoyuan County, according to the authorities.

Two farms had been notified to sterilize the sources completely and reinforce the safety checks to prevent the virus from spreading.

All chickens in two farms were also sent for further examination before they are sold in markets around the city, the office said.