(Photo courtesy of Animal Disease Control Center)
Taipei, March 30 (CNA) A poultry farm in Erlin Township, Changhua County in central Taiwan, was confirmed on Thursday as being infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 16,989 birds, the county's Animal Disease Control Center said.
This was the ninth poultry farm hit by avian influenza subtype H5 in the county this year, according to data released by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA).
As of 6 p.m. on Thursday, a total of 1,034,592 birds have been destroyed at 112 poultry farms infected with highly pathogenic avian flu viruses across Taiwan since the beginning of the year.
The infected poultry farms have been located in Taoyuan City in northern Taiwan; Changhua and Yunlin counties in central Taiwan; Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung counties and cities in the south; Yilan and Hualien counties in the east, COA data shows.
(By Wu Jhe-hao and Ko Lin)