Taipei, May 10 (CNA) Yunlin County government in southwestern Taiwan said Thursday that a farm on which large numbers of chickens have died since Monday is being monitored and health officials have collected samples for testing.
The chicken farm in Beigang Township reported 250 chicken deaths Monday and 1,200 the following day, prompting the county to alert the Council of Agriculture and deliver samples to the Animal Health Research Institute for testing, it said.
The county government said another 1,822 deaths were reported Wednesday, but the situation has since alleviated because only 281 deaths were reported Thursday as of 6 p.m.
The county government said it has set up an emergency response team to monitor the situation near the farm .
It said no chickens have entered the market and no irregularities have been found within a 3-kilometer radius of the site, adding that the situation should be an isolated case.
The county said it did not rule out the possibility that the massive number of deaths had something to do with the recent change in weather.
Test results will determine if the chickens were infectedwith bird flu or other livestock diseases, it added.
The county's Environmental Protection Bureau and the township office have disinfected the neighborhood to ensure greater safety.
(By Yeh Tzu-kang and Jamie Wang)