Avian flu strikes Taiwan chicken farm, 17,000 birds culled

Asia One
Sep 1, 2015

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Chickens at a Yunlin County poultry farm were found to be

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

infected with the H5N2 avian influenza, according to the local Animal and Plant Disease Control Center, yesterday, making it the latest case in recent bird flu outbreaks.

Liao Pei-chih, head of Yunlin County’s Animal and Plant Disease Control Center, stated that approximately 17,000 chickens out of a total of 23,000 were destroyed at the affected farm located in Yuan Chang Township, after the birds tested positive for H5N2.

Initial speculation about the Yunlin outbreak points toward wild birds hiding in the chicken farm during recent downpours, and thus transmitting the virus to farm poultry, Liao stated.     [FULL  STORY]

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