Taipei-- The Yilan County government said Monday that it has set up a checkpoint on the Taipei-Yilan Expressway to disinfect any automobiles coming into the county, in an effort to help stem the spread of bird flu viruses in light of a growing outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza virus in Taiwan.
The county government's move came after it established a checkpoint on the Yilan end of the Suao-Hualien Highway, requiring that vehicles transporting poultry between Feb. 9-21 report to the checkpoint before continuing their journey, in order to be sprayed with disinfectant.
It took the preventative measures after Taiwan on Feb. 6 confirmed its first highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza detection this year in Yuli Township in Hualien County on the eastern side of the island.
In addition, the county government requires that drivers transporting poultry must provide documents issued by authorized veterinarians, such as certificates of health examination for animals, to inspectors at the checkpoint, before being allowed to continue into the county.
Those who fail to meet the requirement will face a fine of between NT$50,000 (US$1,616) and NT$1 million in accordance with the Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Disease, the county government said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel