Taiwan is facing the dramatic spread of H5N2 and H5N8. The number of suspect farms has increased from 38 to 65 and the number of confirmed farms has increased from 9 to 20 in one day. These increases support media reports stating that initial cases may have been noted as early as October, but was being unsuccessfully managed in farms which failed to report unusual deaths or dramatic drops in egg production.

(Translated from the publication in NowNews, Taiwan) Domestic bird flu siren, waterfowl industry is facing the most serious outbreak of bird flu over the years, anti-seizure Bureau today (January 13 2015) announced the latest test results, Yunlin and Chiayi diagnosed then add 11 games goose games, Taiwan estimated to cause 270,000 goose loss; in addition, the submission of new cases and 27 field sampling Bulletin, Taoyuan and Kaohsiung City also received a suspected outbreak, Tainan add a chicken farm, a total of 65 games in Taiwan seven counties abnormal mortality epidemic outbreak.

According to the Bureau of Statistics to anti-seizure ended today 11:00, 11 new confirmed again today goose games, including seven new Yunlin County, Chiayi County, two games, two games in Pingtung County; COA confirmed that this wave of bird flu Waterfowl the first time the most serious outbreak, Taiwan has had 20 confirmed cases of the field is expected to affect 270,000 geese production.

COA noted diagnosed games in 14 games for the new H5N2 subtype avian influenza, six games for the H5N8 subtype of avian influenza; Cai Xiangrong, director of animal health instructions, H5N2 is the country’s second case of a pandemic virus infected waterfowl ducks and geese, is The most serious outbreak first waterfowl, the present value of the peak of the epidemic, the diagnosis field more for the high incidence of goose farm suspected of geese spread of infection.

COA chairman Chen Bao-ji also appeared today in the press conference after the animal epidemic prevention group meeting, Chen Bao-ji said two years ago that have informed the H5N8 outbreak began around through e-mail, conference materials in both statistical frequency; the face of an outbreak, vaccination will be the highest specifications measures with increased culling, please contact the EPA and does not rule out additional military assistance disinfection and treatment of animal carcasses, the first time control, “Let the virus disappeared from Taiwan,” the future of open farms and strengthen protection of migratory birds.

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