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Avian Influenza in Taipei, China

by 5m Editor
26 January 2004, at 12:00am

TAIPEI - A report via OIE, confirming the recent outbreak of Avian Influenza in Taipei.

Avian Influenza in Taipei, China - TAIPEI - A report via OIE, confirming the recent outbreak of Avian Influenza in Taipei.

Emergency report

Information received on 20 January 2004 from Dr Tien-Jye Chang, Dean, Department of Veterinary Medicine, National Chung Hsing University, Taipei:

Date of the report: 20 January 2004.

Date of initial detection of animal health incident: 5 January 2004.

Outbreaks:

Location No. of outbreaks
Changhwa Prefecture 1 farm
Chiayi Prefecture 1 farm

Description of affected population:

- Outbreak in Changhwa Prefecture: table-egg laying hens.

- Outbreak in Chiayi Prefecture: coloured-feather native chickens.

Total number of animals in the outbreaks:

species susceptible cases deaths destroyed slaughtered
avi 54,666 ... ... ... 0

Diagnosis:

A. Laboratory where diagnosis was made: Animal Health Research Institute (AHRI).

B. Diagnostic tests used:

- serology,

- virus isolation,

- RT-PCR (reverse transcriptase - polymerase chain reaction),

- DNA sequencing.

C. Causal agent: low pathogenic avian influenza virus. Virus serotype is H5N2.

Epidemiology:

A. Source of agent / origin of infection: under investigation.

B. Mode of spread: under investigation.

Control measures: all birds in the two farms have been destroyed.

Source: Office International des Epizooties - 23rd January 2004

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