Taiwan Reports More Avian Flu Outbreaks to OIE

TAIWAN - The veterinary authority has reported a total of nine new outbreaks of H5N8 and H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), A total of 181,000 birds died or were destroyed in these outbreaks.
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The Taiwanese veterinary authority has reported two new outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza, both starting on 21 February.

In the Guiren district of Taian City, 782 turkeys died and the remaining 468 birds in the flock were destroyed, while in Tuku township in the county of Yunlin, 613 of a flock of 2,500 geese died in the outbreak and the remaining 1,887 have been destroyed.

There have also been seven new outbreaks of disease caused by the H5N2 highly pathogenic avian flu virus.

These started between 20 and 25 February, indicated by abnormal mortality on six poultry farms and one abattoir in the counties of Changhua, Yunlin and Pingtung and in Tainan City.

Three chicken farms and three goose farms were affected, as well as more geese at the abattoir – a total of 177,328 birds; 29,960 died and 147,368 were destroyed.

Thorough cleaning and disinfection have been conducted at each location after the stamping-out operation. Surrounding poultry farms within a three-kilometre radius of infected farms will be under intensified surveillance for three months.

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