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AVIAN INFLUENZA CONTINUES IN TAIWAN

  

Mar 2, 2017

    

Officials in Taiwan have reported outbreaks of H5N6 Avian Influenza in three farms in Yunlin County.  The farms housed 18,000 chickens and 750 geese.

Based on the decline in reported cases, authorities had relaxed a nationwide ban on movement of live poultry introduced on February 17th on the transportation of poultry on the same day as the reports of the three incident cases.

  

A local news report stated that H5N6 Avian Influenza virus could be transmitted to humans.  This is incorrect.  The virus is absent from eggs and cooked poultry meat derived from infected flocks.  In contrast, H7N9 avian influenza infection endemic in many regions of China can be transmitted to susceptible humans.