Thousands of chickens culled on Changhua farm hit by avian flu

Taipei, More than 14,000 chickens were culled recently on a farm in Changhua after it was confirmed to be infected with a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, the county’s Animal Disease Control Center said Thursday.

Head of the center Tung Meng-chih (???) said a report was received Monday about an abnormal number of chicken deaths on the farm in Fangyuan Township, which was tested and found to be infected with a H5N2 subtype avian influenza virus.

The center then ordered the culling of 14,642 chickens on the farm, since the virus is a highly pathogenic strain, he said.

So far this year, 60 livestock farms across Taiwan have been found to be infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses, and more than 432,000 birds have been culled, according to data from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel