H5N2 bird flu reported at poultry farm in Chiayi


TAIPEI–An outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza is unfolding at a chicken farm in Sikou township in southern Taiwan’s Chiayi County, a local animal disease control official said yesterday.

The infection was detected in an annual routine disease surveillance program, said Wong Yo chu, director of the Animal Disease Control Center under the Chiayi county government.

No clinical symptoms were seen in any of the chickens at the black-feather stud poultry farm, Wong said.

“The holding has been confined and disinfected,” said Wong, adding that his agency has already imposed a ban on the movement of the roughly 5,000 chicken studs on the farm to prevent the virus from spreading.

The center will closely monitor the 46 other poultry farms within one-kilometer radius of the site for three months, Wong said.