Premier Lin Chuan has called for continued vigilance as Taiwan battles an outbreak of bird flu. Lin was speaking during a Cabinet meeting Thursday.
Lin said a weeklong nationwide ban on the slaughter and transport of poultry has helped bring the outbreak under control. But he warned that the danger is not over. He said the coming weeks will be key and government agencies must keep up their efforts.
The ban is set to be lifted on Friday. Lin said the Council of Agriculture will make a decision on whether to extend it. He asked the council to communicate with the public and to remain alert if it decides not to extend the ban.
Lin said the Environmental Protection Administration and the National Police Agency must help local governments check reports of poultry carcasses that have not been disposed of properly. He also asked the Council of Agriculture to quickly compensate farmers whose birds have been culled. Lin said farmers should understand that reporting bird flu cases and taking preventative measures will ensure that the situation returns to normal as soon as possible.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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