By Yang Su-ming, Evelyn Kao and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Feb. 19 (CNA) Two cases of the highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza
infection were confirmed in Hsinchu and Tainan Sunday, bringing the total number of H5N6 cases around the country to 17 since Feb. 6, when Taiwan reported its first case, according to statistics released Sunday by the Council of Agriculture.
The council’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said the latest two cases involve a chicken that was discarded in Hukou Township of Hsinchu County that was confirmed to have contracted H5N6 virus and a pheasant in Qigu, Tainan that was confirmed to have been infected with both H5N6 and H5N2.
Earlier in the day, the bureau reported three new cases confirmed Saturday, including one found on a chicken farm in Yunlin County, one on a goose farm in Chiayi County and the other involving ducks at a slaughter house in Yilan County. [FULL STORY]