2 Subtypes of Avian Influenza Hit Taiwan

Taiwan has culled a total of 127,792 birds so far this year after getting hit by two subtypes of the highly pathogenic avian influenza – H5N2 and H5N8.

The most recent cases were found earlier this week in three poultry farms in Yunlin County, bringing the total number of affected farms to 13.

According to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine under the Council of Agriculture (COA), the subtype H5N2 of the virus was found in the three poultry farms where 31,817 birds were culled.

Out of the 13 farms hit by bird flu, 12 are located in Yunlin County and one in Yinlan County. Authorities are now on high alert in monitoring the disease.

Taiwan’s fellow Asian countries South Korea and Japan were still smarting from heavy losses inflicted by bird flu. South Korea has culled 33 million birds since the last quarter of 2016 because of the disease while Japan has culled 1.4 birds over the past three months.

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