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Taiwan reports five bird flu cases in two weeks

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-01-15 07:59
TAIPEI -- Taiwan has reported five bird flu cases in the first two weeks of 2017, with a total of 60,000 fowl culled, the island's animal and plant inspection authority said Saturday.

In the latest case, the H5N2 avian flu virus was confirmed Saturday in a chicken farm in Yunlin county, where 16,632 chicken were killed to prevent further infection.

All the five cases were reported in Yunlin, a major chicken supplier in Taiwan.

The authority demanded farm owners to strengthen ventilation and sanitation work, and report unusual deaths of chicken to authorities in a timely manner.

Farm owners will receive compensation for culling poultry if they proactively report anomalies, while cover-up will lead to a fine of up to 1 million New Taiwan dollars ($31,685 dollars), said the authority.
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