Culls as H5N6 detected at two more farms

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-02-18

The Council of Agriculture’s quarantine bureau has conducted culls at two more poultry farms after the

More culls as bird flu cases rise (CNA)

discovery of H5N6 among the farm’s chickens.

The farms’ owners came forward after media outlets reported that H5N6 had been found in their supplier’s stocks. The new cases of H5N6 come on the second day of a weeklong slaughter ban designed to prevent the further spread of bird flu.

The quarantine bureau says there will be a noticeable uptick in the number of bird flu cases reported over the coming days. According to the bureau, this will be largely because of increased vigilance among farmers and because farmers now receive greater compensation for culled poultry.

The latest quarantine bureau statistics, released Saturday morning, show that more than 140,000 birds have been destroyed at 21 different poultry farms this year due to the spread of bird flu. H5N6 has been reported in Yunlin, Chiayi, and Tainan in the central and southern parts of Taiwan, as well as in Yilan and Hualien in the east.    [FULL  STORY]

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