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Nearly 20,000 chickens culled in Changhua due to H5N2 bird flu

2015/12/11 21:38:44

Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) A total of 18,810 chickens were culled on a poultry farm in central Taiwan's Changhua County late Thursday after it was confirmed that they had been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, inspection officials said Friday.

Officials first learned about the outbreak after a slaughterhouse in the county told the authorities on Dec. 7 that they had noticed unusual deaths among some of the chickens sent there, said Tung Meng-chih (董孟治), director of Changhua's Animal Disease Control Center.

Investigations later found that the questionable chickens came from a poultry farm in Changhua's Jhutang Township, and that the owner of the farm had failed to report unusual deaths in his flock.

Tung said inspection officials later confirmed that the chickens had been infected with H5N2, and followed standard procedures in culling the animals and disinfecting the farm.

The Animal Disease Control Center said it will slap a fine of between NT$50,000 (US$1,523) and NT$1 million on the farm owner as he has violated the law for failing to report abnormalities.

The center urged other farm owners to follow the health condition of their poultry closely and immediately report any suspicious deaths.

(By Wu Che-hao and Christie Chen)