Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) The Taipei City government on Friday said it has detected bird flu in a chicken slaughtered at the city's poultry wholesale market two days ago.
The bird was one in a batch of 2,450 chickens from a farm in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung City that had been sent to Taipei for sale, according to Taipei's Department of Economic Development.
It was reported to animal quarantine authorities for tests after it was found with suspicious symptoms including swollen eyes, red skin in the abdomen, legs and wings, and intestinal bleeding, decay and necrosis, during the slaughtering process on Wednesday, the department said.
The results of tests released Friday indicated that the chicken was infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus, which is not transmittable to humans, the department said, urging the public not to panic.
The sick chicken as well as the other 35 that were slaughtered together with it have all been destroyed to prevent the virus from spreading, the department said.
The recent outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu in Taiwan has put authorities on high alert because it is highly contagious and transmittable to humans.
Since Feb. 6, nine farms around Taiwan have been confirmed as having been infected with the H5N6 virus, according to the Council of Agriculture (COA).
As part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of bird flu, the COA has banned the transportation and slaughtering of poultry for seven days starting on Friday.
(By Chu Che-wei and Y.F. Low)