Up to 39,000 ducks culled in Pingtung after H5N2 case confirmed

Taipei-Up to 39,000 ducks were killed after a large duck farm was confirmed to be diagnosed with the highly pathogenic H5 subtype of the avian influenza virus in Pingtung County, a Council of Agriculture (COA) bureau said Friday.

Shih Tai-hua (???), deputy director-general of the COA's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ), said the ducks were culled at a farm in Yenpu Township, which was also disinfected.

COA deputy chief Huang Jin-cheng (???) said the virus was likely to be the H5N2 strain of the virus because the affected duck farm is located close to farms where other H5N2 cases have emerged.

A chicken farm in Yenpu Towmship was confirmed to have the H5N2 flu strain on Dec. 29, Shih said, and tissue samples have been taken from areas near the duck farm for further tests.

The infected duck farm was not an open environment farm and took all standard epidemic prevention measures, Huang said, but there are many open duck farms in the area where the problem could have originated.

The BAPHIQ also said Friday that a discarded dead bird reported to the Livestock Disease Control Center of Chiayi County on Wednesday was found to be infected with the H5 subtype of bird flu after tests were conducted.

Visits will be made to poultry farms in the vicinity and disinfection work in public areas will be strengthened, the bureau said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel