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Another Outbreak of HPAI in Taiwan

by 5m Editor
13 March 2012, at 6:59am

TAIWAN - The Taiwanese veterinary authorities have reported another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Chang-Hua where native chickens were affected.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 2 on Saturday, 10 March.

According to the report, 9625 birds were found susceptible to the outbreak, out of which 318 cases were reported. The 318 affected birds were found dead, and the remaining 9307 were destroyed.

Clinical cases were notified from the abattoir, and a high mortality rate was noticed. The local disease control center (LDCC) traced back to the original native broiler farm, conducting movement restrictions, clinical inspection, epidemiological investigation and sampling.

The results of RT-PCR test, HA0 cleavage site sequencing and pathogenicity test demonstrated H5N2 HPAI. All the chickens on the farm were destroyed by LDCC on 9 March 2012. Clinical and epidemiological investigations are continuously implemented on the surrounding poultry farms of the infected farm.

The source of the outbreak is under investigation.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.