Jul 05, 2017 Government & Politics Comments Off on Chicken farm in Taichung hit by avian flu, 2,115 birds culled
Taipei--A chicken farm in Taichung has been confirmed to be infected with a subtype of the highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 2,115 birds, the city's Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office said Wednesday.
The office said it received a report of abnormal deaths of chickens at a farm in Taichung's Da'an District on Tuesday and immediately collected tissue samples from the animals.
After checking the samples, the office said it was confirmed that the farm had been hit by the virus, which caused the deaths in the chickens.
The farm's other chickens were culled Wednesday, and the farm and its surrounding areas were also sterilized, the office said.
No abnormalities have been detected at other poultry farms within a radius of one to three kilograms of the infected chicken farms, the office added.
As of Tuesday, 153 poultry farms around Taiwan had been hit by highly pathogenic strains of the avian influenza virus, resulting in more than 1.47 million birds being culled, according to data from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine under the Council of Agriculture.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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