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5 million poultry culled this year due to bird flu

2015/12/01 20:05:27

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Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) More than 5 million head of poultry have been culled this year due to avian influenza outbreaks, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said Tuesday.

As of 6 p.m. Monday, 1,000 poultry farms in 15 counties and cities had been tested, of which 965 were positive for the H5 bird flu virus, 34 were negative, and one was positive for the H6N1 virus, the bureau said.

A total of 5.09 million birds from 964 farms had been culled, it said.

The Council of Agriculture has so far earmarked NT$1.64 billion as compensation for the affected farms and emergency disease control expenses, of which NT$1.44 billion has already been paid out, the bureau said.

(By Chen Cheng-wei and Y.F. Low)