Feb 13, 2017 Sports Comments Off on Epidemic prevention task force set up to deal with bird flu outbreak
The Cabinet has set up an epidemic prevention task force to coordinate the fight against bird flu. That's after three chicken farms were found to have been infected with H5N6. There was a case in Hualien and Yilan, and most recently one was even discovered in Chiayi County.
Authorities have upgraded the level of epidemic prevention because H5N6 is a highly contagious strain of virus that has led to human fatalities in China.
On Monday afternoon, Premier Lin Chuan presided over the task force's first meeting. Lin called on related government agencies to handle the matter cautiously.
Meanwhile, quarantine official Huang Tze-chung says that rumors that the outbreak has spread further are not true. He says that when compared with the number of birds culled in 2015 when poultry farms were infected with H5N2 and H5N8, this year's figure is relatively small.
We are nervous because H5N6 is highly contagious in South Korea. That's why the level of epidemic prevention has been upgraded to have the central government [take over]. There is no epidemic outbreak," said Huang. "We are taking extra precautions because H5N6, a new strain of the virus, has emerged."
Huang says the government has no plans to impose a ban on poultry slaughtering because there is a relatively small number of cases.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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