Government confirms avian flu virus case on Yunlin duck farm
Jan 01, 2017CultureComments Off on Government confirms avian flu virus case on Yunlin duck farm
The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) under the Council of Agriculture confirmed on Saturday that ducklings at a farm in Yunlin county, central Taiwan, were found to have been infected with the H5 subtype avian influenza virus and that as a result the farm's 2,681 ducklings had been culled.
The BAPHIQ said in a statement that the Animal and Plant Disease Control Center in Yunlin sent personnel to inspect an outdoor duck farm in Citong Township on Dec. 29 after receiving information of abnormalities at the facility and sent collected specimens to the Animal Health Research Institute (AHRI).
The institute on Dec. 30 confirmed that the ducklings at the farm were infected with the virus HPAI, a highly pathogenic H5 subtype of avian influenza.
The Animal and Plant Disease Control Center conducted disinfection operations at the farm and in nearby areas after culling the ducklings in accordance with established standard operating procedure, the bureau said.
The authorities identified a total of 37 poultry farms infected with the avian influenza virus and culled about 280.000 animals during 2016, it added.