Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) issued a ban on shipments of poultry for seven days beginning Friday (February 17) to contain the spread of avian influenza.
Not included in the ban are day-old chicks or chickens raised indoors and sent directly to slaughterhouses. Fully sanitized eggs with certification from the council-contracted veterinarians are also exempted in the ban, said COA Minister Lin Tsung-hsien.
According to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, there were confirmed cases of H5N6 on six farms in Chiayi, Hualien, Tainan, and Yunlin counties, as well as Tainan.
The outbreak has put authorities on high alert, because H5N6 is both highly contagious and transmittable to humans.
According to statistics from the Department of Animal Husbandry, Taiwan’s daily demand for poultry is set between 500 to 1,000 turkeys; 100,000 tons of broiler chickens; 50,000 to 100,000 free-range chickens; and 5,000 ducks.
The current broiler chicken stock of 40,000 tons could cater the market for at least three days; the 10,000 free-range chickens in stock will be good for two days; and the 5,000 ducks in stock will only last a day. There is no expected shortage on eggs.