Chicken farm in Yunlin hit by avian flu, 10,461 birds culled

Taipei-A chicken farm in Yunlin County has been confirmed to be infected with a subtype of the highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 10,461 birds, the city's Animal and Plant Disease Control Center said Friday.

Cheng An-kuo (???), an official with the center, said it received a report of abnormal deaths of some 12,500 chickens at a farm in the county's Dongshih Township and immediately collected tissue samples from the animals on Tuesday.

Samples taken from the farm were then analyzed and confirmed to be avian flu, Cheng said.

According to data released by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA), it was the second culling that occurred in Yunlin County this week, following the killing of some 15,239 chickens at a farm in the county's Yuanchang Township on Monday.

Cases of avian flu generally peak during the cool season from January to April, Cheng said, and he urged farmers to report any cases of abnormal poultry deaths to authorities as quickly as possible to prevent the possible spreading of the disease.

He said the public should not worry, however, as the authorities will make sure that none of the problematic poultry meat makes its way onto the market.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel