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         Taiwan bans poultry transportation to fight bird flu

         Taiwan bird flu culls reach nearly 130 000



Taiwan bans poultry transportation to fight bird flu

Seven-day ban will have limited exceptions


By Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer



TAIPEI (Taiwan News) The transportation of poultry will be banned for seven days beginning Friday as a measure to combat the spread of bird flu, the Council of Agriculture announced Thursday.


Thousands of chickens, ducks and geese have been culled in several counties and cities in Southern and Eastern Taiwan since February 6 following an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus. The type of influenza is highly contagious and could spread to humans, officials said.


The town of Yuli in Hualien County near the east coast was the first focus of the outbreak, but cases have since been diagnosed in Tainan City and in the counties of Chiayi and Yunlin.


The new transportation ban will not apply to one-day-old chicks, chickens raised indoors and sent to slaughterhouses straightaway, and to eggs washed or sanitized and certified by officially approved veterinarians, the COA said.


The seven-day ban could lead to a shortage...





Taiwan bird flu culls reach nearly 130 000



via SABC (S.Africa) - 15 February 2017


Taiwan has culled nearly 130 000 poultry since the start of this year as authorities on Tuesday reported a fresh strain of bird flu cases on the island.


The highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu has been confirmed in three cities and counties, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said.


"We are very concerned with H5N6, not of the bird-to-human transmission, but that it will become like South Korea where they had to cull around 33 million birds within three months resulting in significant damage to their industry," Huang Tze-chung, the bureau's director general, told a news briefing.


Taiwan can meet about 80% of its poultry needs on its own.


It imports poultry meat mainly from the United States and exports very little poultry.


According to the bureau, most of the birds culled this year so far were afflicted with the H5N2 and H5N8 strains of the bird flu.


A total of 13 poultry farms have been affected this year so far, it said...