Tainan Culls Chickens Amid Avian Flu Threat

TAIWAN - A poultry farm in Tainan's Xiaying District was confirmed on Sunday to be infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 34,072 birds, the city's Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office said.
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Focus Taiwan reports that it was the 14th poultry farm hit by avian influenza subtype H5 in the city this year, according to data released by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA).

The farm reported the suspected cases of the disease to authorities on Thursday, the Tainan office said, and samples taken from the farm were then analyzed and confirmed to be avian flu.

Meanwhile, nearby areas around the farm were disinfected to prevent spreading of the disease, it said.

As of 6 p.m. on Sunday, a total of 1,417,429 birds have been destroyed at 144 poultry farms infected with highly pathogenic avian flu viruses across Taiwan since the beginning of the year.

The infected poultry farms have been located in Taoyuan in northern Taiwan; Changhua and Yunlin counties in central Taiwan; Chiayi and Pingtung counties and the cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung in the south; and Yilan and Hualien counties in the east, COA data shows.

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