3,915 ducks culled at fourth farm hit by H5N2

Authorities say a fourth poultry farm in the central Taiwan county of Yunlin has been infected with the H5N2 strand of bird flu. Officials from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine moved quickly to slaughter the birds, culling 3,915 ducks.

The bureau put out a press release on Thursday detailing its efforts to stem the spread of bird flu from the farm in Dongshi Township. That included overseeing the cleaning and disinfection procedures at the farm.

Officials say that this is the sixth farm in Taiwan to report a bird flu outbreak so far this season. Nearly 70,000 birds have been culled to date.

February and March are peak months for possible outbreaks of H5N2 avian flu.

Starting on Monday, officials will conduct inspections on the nation's duck farms. From mid-January until the end of March, ducks must pass inspection before being slaughtered for market.

Source: Radio Taiwan International