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Two New High-path Bird Flu Outbreaks in Taiwan's Geese

06 April 2015

TAIWAN - More than 7,600 geese have been affected in the two latest outbreaks of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Taiwan.

Two new outbreaks of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza are included in the latest Follow Up Report - no.15 dated 2 April - from Taiwan's veterinary authority to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Abnormal mortality was observed at two poultry farms with geese located in the counties of Changhua and Yunlin. Samples were sent to the National Laboratory (AHRI) for diagnosis, where the H5N2 subtype of the HPAI virus was confirmed.

The outbreaks began on 23 and 24 March. A total of 7,660 geese were affected; 2,226 died and the rest have been destroyed.

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 stamping out operation. Surrounding poultry farms within a three-kilometre radius have been put under intensified surveillance for three months.

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