Taipei, Following five outbreaks of avian influenza in Taiwan this year, the virus has been reported at a duck farm in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County, resulting in the culling of 3,813 ducks, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said Monday.
This is also the first time this year the virus has been confirmed in ducks, with all previous instances involving chicken farms in central Taiwan's Yunlin County, the bureau said.
Tests on specimens from the duck farm confirmed it was infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu subtype, it said.
The bureau said it first identified H7N7 and H7N8 avian flu subtypes near the Yilan farm in December, raising the alert that led to a three-month monitoring process to determine if more deadly flu strains were also present in the area.
During second-round monitoring this month, the bureau said, it identified the H5N2 subtype virus, which was responsible for a large number of chicken's being culled earlier this year.
The latest case brought the total birds culled to 63,814 this year, according to the bureau.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel