By: Yang Sze-jui, Wu Che-hao, Chen Cheng-wei and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) Over 12,000 chickens and geese have been culled at
two poultry farms in central and southern Taiwan after health officials confirmed bird flu infections at those farms, local government officials said Sunday.
Tung Meng-chih (董孟治) , director of the Animal Disease Control Center of Changhua County, said more than 10,000 locally bred chickens were destroyed at a poultry farm in Dacheng Township on Sunday after a high percentage of them were confirmed to be infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 Type B strain.
This was the fifth outbreak of bird flu in the county this year and the first since the start of the Lunar New Year on Feb. 8, Tung said.
At a goose farm in Liuying District in Tainan, 2,443 geese were culled Sunday after some of the dead geese tested positive for H5 bird flu virus infection, officials with the city’s Animal Health and Protection Office said. [FULL STORY]