By: Huang Chiao-wen and Y.F. Low
Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Some 3,500 ducks on a farm in Pingtung County’s
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]