Taipei warns against feeding wild birds as avian flu escalates

Taipei-- The Taipei City government on Monday issued a warning to the public not to feed wild birds, particularly in light of a growing outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N6 in Taiwan.

In Taipei, the maximum fine for feeding wild birds is NT$6,000 (US$193), the city's Department of Environmental Protection said in its warning.

Yang Wei-hsiu (???), an official at the department, said it will be monitoring areas in the city such as the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall complex, Daan Forest Park, Huashan 1914 Creative Park and the Youth Park, which usually attract flocks of wild birds.

People are warned not to feed the birds in such areas to prevent an escalation of the avian flu outbreak in Taiwan, Yang said.

Since the start of the year, some 128,000 birds have been culled on 13 poultry farms in various areas of Taiwan that have been hit by avian flu.

The national Council of Agriculture (COA) said Sunday that it planned to establish a disaster response center in an effort to curb the bird flu outbreak.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel