Feb 06, 2017 General Comments Off on Authorities make emergency contingency plan to cope with H5N6
Taiwan's quarantine bureau has taken several measures to prevent a bird flu outbreak. That's after a dead goose was found to have been infected with the H5N6 virus.
Since the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) broke out in South Korea last October, more than 33 million birds were culled there. Japan also took steps to cull 1.4 million birds.
Quarantine bureau official Shih Tai-hua said on Monday that the virus found in Taiwan is similar to the ones in South Korea and Japan.
"The bird flu virus is 99% similar to the genes found in South Korea and Japan," said Shih. "It's possible that it was brought by migratory birds. We are working on a gene sequence analysis."
To prevent the virus from spreading further, samples from all poultry farms within a radius of three kilometers from the place where the dead goose was found will be collected. No poultry will be sold to the market before further tests are conducted.
Quarantine officials are calling on the public not to come in contact with wild birds as H5N6 has led to human fatalities in China.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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