By: Chen Cheng-wei and Romulo Huang
Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Chickens that were found to be infected with the
avian influenza virus in a slaughterhouse in the southern city of Kaohsiung earlier this week have been destroyed, said on Saturday the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) under the Council of Agriculture.
The BAPHIQ said in a statement that it received a report on March 16 from a veterinarian working in the slaughterhouse who alleged that some chickens in the facility had probably been infected with the avian flu, and that it was confirmed on Friday the chickens in question were indeed infected with the highly pathogenic H5 subtype virus.
The 660 chickens in question had been in frozen storage in the slaughterhouse and were identified as being infected with the H5N2 and H5N8 strains of the avian flu virus, it said. [FULL STORY]