By: Yang Su-min, Huang Kuo-fang and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) A nationwide ban on the slaughter and transportation of poultry will be lifted Friday, as the avian flu outbreak in Taiwan has effectively been brought under control, Agriculture Minister Lin Tsung-hsien (林聰賢) said Thursday.
The government issued the ban Feb. 17 in an effort to contain the spread of bird flu, particularly the highly pathogenic H5N6 virus. Other virus strains identified on Taiwan farms have been the H5N6, N5N2 and H5N8, according to the COA.
Lin said the poultry ban was lifted because the outbreak had slowed down in the past week. [FULL STORY]