Taitung hen farm re­ports H5N2 avian flu out­break

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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 di­rec­tor­gen­eral 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.

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