Bird flu spreads to sixth area in Taiwan

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-02-20

Bird flu is continuing to spread in Taiwan. The Council of Agriculture’s quarantine

Killing poultry
Over 1,500 chickens and ducks were killed in Chiayi to prevent the spread of bird flu (CNA)

bureau released new figures on Monday which show that confirmed cases of the virus have been discovered at five slaughterhouses and 28 poultry farms.

Right now officials are following two different strains of the virus. One of those strains is the highly pathogenic H5N6 virus which has a risk of human transmission. There are two new confirmed cases of that strain in poultry, for a total of 17. So far those cases have been located in the southern areas of Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan, and in the eastern counties of Ilan and Hualien. The addition of a new case in Hsinchu suggests that the virus is spreading northward in the direction of Taipei.    [FULL  STORY]

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