Almost 16,000 chickens culled due to avian flu

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/25/2020
By: Kuo Chih-hsuan and Frances Huang

Courtesy of the Pingtung County Animal Disease Control Center.

Taipei, April 25 (CNA) Nearly 16,000 chickens raised on a farm in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, were culled Saturday after they were confirmed to be infected with the highly pathogenic H5N5 avian influenza virus, according to the Pingtung County Animal Disease Control Center.

The center said that a total of 15,826 chickens around six weeks old were culled on the farm in Yanpu Township.

The authorities said the owner of the farm reported to the center on Wednesday that some of his chickens had recently died strangely, prompting the center to take samples from the farm for testing.

The test results came out Saturday showing that the chickens had contracted the H5N5 virus and the center immediately took action to have them culled.    [FULL  STORY]

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