More LPAI Outbreaks Reported in Taiwan

TAIWAN - The Taiwanese veterinary authorities have reported two new outbreaks of low pathogenic avian influenza at farms located in P'eng-Hu or the Penghu Islands and in Miaoli County.
calendar icon 24 January 2013
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The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 3 on 18 January 2013.

In P'eng-Hu, 1206 native chickens and five turkeys were affected, while in Miaoli, 237 native chickens, 19 ducks and 12 geese were affected.

According to the report, a total of 1479 birds showed signs of susceptibility, out of which 56 cases were identified. A total of 35 deaths were recorded. No birds were destroyed and/or slaughtered.

The source of the outbreak(s) remains inconclusive.

The report states that according to negative results of follow-up virological tests conducted on the LPAI affected farm in Chia-I county reported on 22 November 2012, movement restriction on the affected farm was lifted by the local disease control center (LDCC).

First round intensified surveillance of surrounding poultry farms within the 3-km-radius area around the affected farm was completed and no other notifiable avian influenza (NAI) case was detected.

During intensified surveillance conducted on 3-km-radius area around the first H5N2 affected farm in Peng-Hu county reported on 20 December 2012, another H5N2 outbreak was detected and confirmed as LPAI by the Animal Health Research Institute (AHRI) in accordance with the result of pathogenicity test.

Movement restriction of the poultry on the farm was conducted, and the epidemiological and clinical health investigations of surrounding poultry farms were carried out.

Up to the present, no other NAI case was observed or detected.

Suspected case in Miao-Li county was reported by the owner because of suspicious clinical signs.

The LDCC conducted movement restrictions, epidemiological investigation and sampling on the affected poultry farm at the time.

The AHRI subsequently confirmed this case as H5N2 subtype LPAI according to the results of virological and pathogenicity tests.

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