By: Wu Jui-chi and Ko Lin
Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) A total of 1,453 frozen chickens from a slaughterhouse in Taoyuan have beendestroyed after they were confirmed to be infected with the highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza virus, the city's Animal Protection Office said Monday.
The case of abnormal chicken deaths was reported at the site in Bade District last Friday.
After receiving the report, officials arrived at the scene to collect tissue samples from the animals, and they ordered the carcasses to be frozen until tests were completed, the office said in a statement.
According to the Taoyuan office, the chickens originated from a poultry farm in Chiayi County.