Taiwan Culls 150,000 Poultry

At least 150,000 poultry were culled by animal quarantine authorities in Taiwan following the outbreak of bird flu in many counties and cities on the self-ruled island.

The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine under the Council of Agriculture reported that 11 farms in Hualien, Tainan, Chiayi and Yunlin were infected with the H5N6 virus, which is highly contagious and transmittable to humans.

More than 22,000 chickens on a farm in Shuilin were culled with the help of the military as part of efforts to fight the virus. Shuilin is a town in Yunlin county, which is Taiwan’s top poultry producer.

Authorities identified the island’s first case of a type H5 virus in a dead goose in Hualien on February 2, putting the island’s poultry industry on high alert.

Taiwan is in the middle of a weeklong poultry shipment ban that aims to contain the spread of bird flu. The ban started last Friday (February 17).

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