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Duck farm in Yunlin hit by avian flu, 3,915 birds culled

2018/01/14 18:49:49

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Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) A duck farm in Yunlin County has been confirmed as being infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 3,915 ducks, a Council of Agriculture (COA) bureau said Sunday.

The ducks were culled earlier that day at a farm in Dongshih Township, which was also disinfected, the COA's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement.

This was the fourth case of bird flu reported in Yunlin and the sixth in Taiwan this year, said Shih Tai-hua (施泰華), deputy director-general of the bureau, adding that a total of 69,668 birds around the country have been culled due to avian influenza in the first two weeks of 2018.

Cases of avian flu generally peak during the cool season from January to April, the bureau said and urged farmers to step up hygiene and sanitation inspections. Any cases of abnormal poultry deaths should be reported to the authorities as quickly as possible to prevent the spread of the disease, officials said.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao)