Avian flu cases found in Taipei slaughterhouse

Authorities ordered the disinfection of a poultry slaughterhouse in Taipei on Thursday after two chickens were confirmed as being infected with the new H5 subtype of the avian influenza virus.

Veterinarians reported the suspected cases at the Taipei wholesale poultry market slaughterhouse to authorities on Wednesday and test results a day later confirmed that the chickens were infected with avian flu, Taipei City Animal Protection Office said on Thursday.

The Office said it has ordered the slaughterhouse to suspend operations for 24 hours and instructed the disinfection of all premises and nearby areas.

A total of 74 slaughtered chickens have been sealed off and frozen at the slaughterhouse and will be destroyed on Friday, according to officials.

The Office said it is investigating the source of the infection and urged the public to ensure all poultry is fully cooked before consumption and to buy only certified poultry products.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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