Taiwan bans transportation of poultry due to AI


Taiwan banned the transportation of poultry for seven days starting February 17 as part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of avian influenza (AI), the Council of Agriculture said. The ban will not apply to DOC or chickens raised indoors and sent directly to slaughterhouses, said Lin Tsung-hsien, Council Minister. Eggs that have been washed or sanitised and certified by council-contracted veterinarians can also be transported for sale, he added.

Since last week, six farms in Hualien, Chiayi and Yunlin counties, as well as Tainan, have been confirmed as having been infected with the H5N6 flu virus, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said. The outbreak has put authorities on high alert, because the virus is both highly contagious and transmittable to humans, reported the Taipei Times.


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