Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) More than 1,420 ducks were culled on a farm in Taichung after it was confirmed as having been infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 virus, according to the Taichung City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office (APHIO) Thursday.
In accordance with Council of Agriculture regulations that ducks must be confirmed as not being infected with the bird flu virus before slaughter, the APHIO collected samples from 15 farms.
Of the 15 farms, one duck farm was confirmed as being infected with the H5 avian flu virus, according to officials. In order to stop the spread of the virus, all 1,424 ducks on the farm were culled, followed by disinfection at nearby farms.
The carcasses of the slaughtered ducks were immediately sent to a rendering plant while disinfection work inside and outside the plant was stepped up, according to the APHIO.
In addition, disinfection work and bird flu surveillance and monitoring procedures were also enhanced at poultry farms near the infected duck farm, according to the office.
Taichung officials have also asked all poultry businesses under their jurisdiction to not only work to prevent the spread of avian flu and conduct disinfection work, but to also avoid contact with wild birds.
In the event any birds display symptoms of sickness or an abnormal fall in egg production, poultry businesses have been instructed to immediately notify the APHIO, according to officials, adding that failure to do so will not only result in the culling of birds without standard compensation, but also a fine of between NT$50,000 (US$1,721) and NT$1 million.