Avian flu virus de­tected in Chi­ayi, leads to duck cull

The China Post - - LOCAL -

More than 6,000 ducks on a poul­try farm in Chi­ayi County in South­ern Tai­wan were culled be­cause epi­demic preven­tion author­i­ties de­tected the H5N8 avian flu virus in dead ducks at the farm.

An of­fi­cial from the Coun­cil of Agri­cul­ture said Sun­day that some 200 ducks in the poul­try farm were found dead over the past few days. To pre­vent the spread of the highly path­o­genic avian in­fluenza, the epi­demic preven­tion author­i­ties de­cided to cull all the ducks at the farm.

While none of the other 13 poul­try farms within a one kilo­me­ter ra­dius had been found to be con­tam­i­nated by the bird flu virus, the Bureau of An­i­mal and Plant In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine is trac­ing the ori­gin of the out­break by check­ing poul­try farms that raise hatch­lings in the neigh­bor­ing county of Yun­lin.

Up to Aug. 28, 983 poul­try farms around the is­land had sent spec­i­mens for ex­am­i­na­tion. Sam­ples from 951 poul­try farms tested pos­i­tive for the bird flu virus and all the birds in these farms were culled, ac­cord­ing to the Coun­cil of Agri­cul­ture.

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