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Low-Path Bird Flu Reported in Taiwan

by 5m Editor
12 April 2011, at 12:50am

TAIWAN - An outbreak of low-pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in the Chai-I region of western Taiwan.

The veterinary authority has sent an Immediate Notification dated 11 April to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

According to the report, a sub-clinical infection was detected in Xikou Township in Chia-I region on 28 March on a duck breeder farm. In all, 21 birds out of the flock of 921 birds was found to be positive.

The report adds that after the H5N2 outbreak identified on 21 March 2011, an epidemiological and clinical investigation was conducted on the surrounding poultry farms within a three-kilometre radius of the index farm. In this investigation, the notifiable avian influenza (NAI) viral infection was detected on a duck breeder farm and identified as H7N3 strain on 7 April 2011. Movement restriction was implemented on the farm immediately after the virus was detected. Clinical investigation on that farm was done and showed that the breeders were healthy and without abnormal mortality and dropping of egg production. The positive results of serological and virological tests confirmed this new outbreak. The pathogenicity assays of this virus isolate are on-going.

Further Reading

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