Taipei--A duck farm in Pingtung County has been confirmed as infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 virus, increasing to eight the number of cities and counties in Taiwan to have fallen victim to bird flu since the beginning of the year.
Pingtung County Animal Disease Control Center said on Monday that all 2,255 ducks had been culled, one day after the infection was confirmed.
Soon after the report of the outbreak, the county government established an emergency response panel headed by County Magistrate Pan Meng-an (???). The panel will coordinate relevant county agencies in their work to prevent the outbreak from spreading.
As of Monday, a total of 53 poultry farms around Taiwan have been confirmed infected with the avian flu virus. Three different highly pathogenic viruses have been detected at the farms, including H5N8, H5N2 and H5N6, according to data from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine under the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture.
The farms are located in Yunlin County (30 farms), Chiayi County (7), Tainan (5), Hualien County (4), Yilan County (3), Changhua County (2), Kaohsiung (1), and Pingtung County (1).
A total of 411,512 birds have been culled, government data indicates.
As for the outbreak triggered by the virulent H5N6 virus, no new cases were reported on Monday.
The H5N6 outbreak has currently been limited to 11 farms, with 26,000 birds culled, according to the data.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel