By: Hsiao Po-yang and Maria Tsai
Taipei Oct. 18 (CNA) More than 20,000 chickens were culled on a poultry farm in Changhua County after it was confirmed that they had been infected with H5N2, a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, the local Animal Disease Control Center said Sunday.
Changhua’s Animal Disease Control Center received a report Wednesday that several indigenous chickens had died under unusual circumstances on a farm in Tacheng Township in Changhua County in central Taiwan.
Specimens sent to health authorities tested positive for the H5N2 bird flu virus, the Bureau of Animal Health Inspection and Quarantine confirmed Saturday. Based on the test results, local epidemic prevention workers culled 20,060 indigenous chickens on the farm Sunday, the bureau said. [FULL STORY]