Epidemic prevention task force set up to deal with bird flu outbreak

Radio Taiwan’ International
Date: 2017-02-13

The Cabinet has set up an epidemic prevention task force to coordinate the fight against bird flu. That’s

Fighting bird flu
The 13th case was announced in Yunlin on Monday. (CNA)

after three chicken farms were found to have been infected with H5N6. There was a case in Hualien and Yilan, and most recently one was even discovered in Chiayi County.

Authorities have upgraded the level of epidemic prevention because H5N6 is a highly contagious strain of virus that has led to human fatalities in China.

On Monday afternoon, Premier Lin Chuan presided over the task force’s first meeting. Lin called on related government agencies to handle the matter cautiously.

Meanwhile, quarantine official Huang Tze-chung says that rumors that the outbreak has spread further are not true. He says that when compared with the number of birds culled in 2015 when poultry farms were infected with H5N2 and H5N8, this year’s figure is relatively small.    [FULL  STORY]

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