Bird flu spreads north

The China Post
Date: February 14, 2017
By: Sun Hsin Hsuan

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The government was urged Monday to issue its highest warning level as the bird flu

Workers spray the grounds of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall as a preventative measure against the H5N6 virus. The Taipei City Government has implored the public to refrain from feeding birds in the area, warning that those who do so could face fines of up to NT$6,000. (CNA)

outbreak continued its steady spread north.

Attending the first meeting of a new Central Emergency Operation Center task force, Premier Lin Chuan urged authorities to step up inspections of illegal slaughterhouses, but urged the public not to panic.

While the H5N6 virus had been transmitted from poultry to humans in China, where it killed 10 people, no such cases had been found in Japan or South Korea, Lin said.

Southern Taiwan Infected

The opposition Kuomintang joined experts Monday in urging the government to deem the situation a national-level crisis, with critics blaming the fast-spreading epidemic on the Council of Agriculture’s (COA) failure to react quickly.    [FULL  STORY]

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