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City Reports Confirmed H5N2 Bird Flu Cases

City Reports Confirmed H5N2 Bird Flu CasesThe City has ordered the eradication of two batches of chickens infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 at Taipei Poultry Wholesale Market, after confirmation of positive test results by Animal Health Research Institute on March 5.


On March 3, Taipei Poultry Wholesale Market reported irregularities found in two batches of red-feathered Taiwan country chickens sourced from a poultry farm in Dacheng Township of Changhua County. Bird flu symptoms such as flushed skin, bleeding under the skin of shanks, and swollen eyes were noted during the slaughter process and identified by veterinarians on duty.
 
The Animal Protection Office (APO) and the Keelung Branch of Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine were notified immediately of the cases while samples were being dispatched for testing.
  
A total of 65 chickens were discarded in addition to the 3 chickens delivered to the labs. Follow-up monitoring and investigation procedures have been implemented by animal disease prevention authorities at both the municipal and national levels.
 
To prevent the spread of bird flu, APO urges poultry farms to strengthen measures to keep chickens warm and protect them from hazards such as rapid temperature fluctuations. The public is also advised to avoid contacting and feeding wild avians, eat fully-cooked poultry, and purchase poultry from certified sources.