Seven-day ban will have limited exceptions
By: Matthew Strong,Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The transportation of poultry will be banned for seven days
beginning Friday as a measure to combat the spread of bird flu, the Council of Agriculture announced Thursday.
Thousands of chickens, ducks and geese have been culled in several counties and cities in Southern and Eastern Taiwan since February 6 following an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus. The type of influenza is highly contagious and could spread to humans, officials said.
The town of Yuli in Hualien County near the east coast was the first focus of the outbreak, but cases have since been diagnosed in Tainan City and in the counties of Chiayi and Yunlin. [FULL STORY]