Feb 20, 2017 Legal Comments Off on Bird flu spreads to sixth area in Taiwan
Bird flu is continuing to spread in Taiwan. The Council of Agriculture's quarantine bureau released new figures on Monday which show that confirmed cases of the virus have been discovered at five slaughterhouses and 28 poultry farms.
Right now officials are following two different strains of the virus. One of those strains is the highly pathogenic H5N6 virus which has a risk of human transmission. There are two new confirmed cases of that strain in poultry, for a total of 17. So far those cases have been located in the southern areas of Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan, and in the eastern counties of Ilan and Hualien. The addition of a new case in Hsinchu suggests that the virus is spreading northward in the direction of Taipei.
Officials say that chicken infections of H5N6 have been limited to only free range chickens. However, the virus has spread to waterfowls such as geese.
Meanwhile quarantine official Shih Tai-hua spoke on Monday about culling efforts to prevent the spread of another strain of bird flu: H5N2. He said that local epidemic prevention authorities disposed of more than 15,000 free range chickens at a farm in Yunlin, and more than 7,700 laying hens at a farm in Tainan.
Officials say that so far, no human cases of bird flu have been confirmed in Taiwan. Authorities eliminated one suspected case in Tainan. Health officials have also placed an additional 563 people under observation through March 1.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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