TAIWAN - There have been three new outbreaks of high-path H5N2 in poultry in Taiwan, affecting more than 56,000 domestic birds.
Follow-up Report No.13 dated 19 March from the veterinary authority to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) covers three new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry, starting between 19 February and 7 March.
Abnormal mortalities were observed on the three farms – one with native chickens, one with chickens and one with geese – in Yunlin and Pingtung counties, which have reported previous outbreaks.
Of the total of 56,100 birds affected, 17,899 died and 38,201 have been destroyed.
Samples were sent to the National Laboratory (AHRI) for diagnosis. H5N2 subtype HPAI was confirmed.
The farms have been put under movement restrictions. All animals on the infected farms have been culled. Thorough cleaning and disinfection have been conducted after the stamping-out operation. Surrounding poultry farms within a three-kilometre radius of each infected farm will be under intensified surveillance for three months.
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