By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer
More than 10,000 chickens were culled Saturday at a farm in Changhua,
central Taiwan, after it was reported that chickens at the facility were infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu virus.
Tung Meng-chi, chief of the Animal Disease Control Center of Changhua County, said it was not the first time the chicken farm had reported an avian flu outbreak.
The farm reported an outbreak in April and had its chickens culled, and the farm and surrounding areas were disinfected. The farm began to raise chickens again in September.
Tung said the center suspected that the virus was left over from the previous outbreak, but added that the possibility of migratory birds or personnel and vehicles bringing in the virus also could not be ruled out. He said that as migratory birds come to Taiwan to spend the winter, farm owners should be on guard against further outbreaks of avian influenza.