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Changhua chicken farm culls 27,960 birds as avian flu strikes

2019/06/22 21:37:48

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Taipei, June 22 (CNA) Some 27,960 chickens on a farm in Changhua County were culled after the farm was confirmed to be infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) said Saturday.

Samples taken earlier in the week from the free-range poultry farm in Fangyuan Township were confirmed to be infected with the avian flu virus subtype, the bureau said in a statement.

Disinfection and bird flu surveillance and monitoring procedures are being carried out at poultry farms near the infected one, according to BAPHIQ.

Poultry farmers are urged to maintain proper ventilation in their facilities and to prevent their birds from coming in contact with wild birds so as to avoid an escalation of avian flu in Taiwan, the bureau said.

According to data from the Council of Agriculture, 26 poultry farms in Taiwan have been hit by avian flu so far this year, resulting in the culling of 368,627 birds.

(By Chang Hsiung-feng and Ko Lin)