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H5 avian flu virus detected in Changhua, 27,538 chickens culled

2016/01/17 21:17:08

A cull at another chicken farm in Changhua in October.

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) A total of 27,538 chickens at a farm in Changhua County in central Taiwan were culled Sunday after a highly pathogenic subtype of the H5 avian influenza virus was detected near the farm Friday, according to agriculture officials.

The latest culling brought the total number of poultry farms hit by the subtype of bird flu virus in Taiwan to 10 since the beginning of this year, the officials said.

After the precautionary culling, areas within three kilometers of the chicken farm in Chutang Township were disinfected according to established regulations, said Tung Meng-chih (董孟治), the head of the Changhua County Animal Disease Control Center (ADCC, 動物防疫所).

He also urged poultry farmers to be on alert for any abnormalities in their animals' health.

The Council of Agriculture (COA), meanwhile, reported on Sunday Taiwan's first case of a turtle dove being infected with the H5 subtype, bringing the total number of cases of birds infected with the strain to four so far this year. Last year, 15 such cases were reported.

(By Wu Jhe-hao, Yang Su-min and Evelyn Kao)
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