By: Huang Ya-chuan, Chang Jung-hsiang, Hsiao Po-yang and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) Four new cases of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N2 virus were confirmed across Taiwan on Tuesday, bringing to 57 the total number of poultry farms to have been infected this year, according to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine.
The bureau under the Council of Agriculture (COA) said a total of 439,346 birds have been culled in order to contain the spread of the deadly avian flu viruses, including H5N6, which has infected 11 farms and resulted in the extermination of 26,000 birds.
In Changhua County, quarantine officials said 888 ducks were culled at a poultry farm in Dacheng Township after it was confirmed on Tuesday as having been infected with the H5N2 subtype virus. [FULL STORY]