Taipei confirms bird flu in chicken

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/02/17
By: Chu Che-wei and Y.F. Low

Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) The Taipei City government on Friday said it has detected bird flu in a chicken slaughtered at the city’s poultry wholesale market two days ago.

The bird was one in a batch of 2,450 chickens from a farm in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City that had been sent to Taipei for sale, according to Taipei’s Department of Economic Development.

It was reported to animal quarantine authorities for tests after it was found with suspicious symptoms including swollen eyes, red skin in the abdomen, legs and wings, and intestinal bleeding, decay and necrosis, during the slaughtering process on Wednesday, the department said.

The results of tests released Friday indicated that the chicken was infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus, which is not transmittable to humans, the department said, urging the public not to panic.

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