3,500 ducks culled in Pingtung due to bird flu outbreak

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/10/24
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Y.F. Low

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Some 3,500 ducks on a farm in Pingtung County’s

Photo courtesy of Pingtung County Government

Photo courtesy of Pingtung County Government

Gaoshu (高樹) township were culled Saturday after a highly pathogenic strain of the avian influenza virus was detected on the farm, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said.

Poultry raised on the farm were sampled for tests because it is near another farm where avian influenza virus had been discovered, the bureau said.

Test results released Friday showed that the ducks were infected with a new strain of the H5N2 avian influenza virus, according to the bureau.      [FULL  STORY]

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