Bird flu virus detected in Taipei pigeon

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/01/12
By: Yang Shu-min and Y.F. Low

Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) The Council of Agriculture (COA) confirmed CNA file photo

CNA file photo

CNA file photo

Tuesday that a pigeon was found to be infected with the new H5 subtype of the avian influenza virus, the first time that the highly pathogenic subtype had been detected in the bird species in Taiwan.

A pigeon found dead on the roof of the home of a resident in Taipei’s Wenshan district tested positive for the H5 subtype on Jan. 11, according to the COA’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine.

The case followed another one in Taichung’s Situn District, where two dead sparrows picked up by a local resident tested positive Jan. 8 for the H5 subtype.     [FULL  STORY]

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