Taiwan Lifts Ban on Slaughter and Transportation of Poultry

Council of Agriculture (COA) Minister Lin Tsung-hsien on Thursday (February 24) announced the lifting of the ban on slaughter and transportation of poultry in Taiwan.

On February 17, COA issued seven days of temporary ban to transportation and slaughter of all poultry after several counties culled thousands of chickens, ducks, and geese.

“The outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu and of other virus strains had effectively been brought under control,” Lin said.

Reports said, there were 633 people tested for bird flu         during the course of the ban. None turned out positive.

Taiwan has to be without new H5N6 cases for three months before the government could declare to the World Organization for Animal Health that the country is free of bird flu.

Authorities said a new outbreak is less likely to happen, adding that all poultry within a kilometer range of the affected area will not be allowed to move if a new case is reported.

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