Taiwan’s agriculture authority on Sunday [11 January 2015] confirmed the strain of avian flu found on a goose breeding facility in Chiayi County was H5N8. This discovery follows an outbreak of the H5N2 virus at a chicken farm in the southern county of Pingtung. Agriculture council chief Chen Bao-ji said this was the first time that the H5N8 strain has been detected in Taiwan, adding that it was suspected it has been spread by migratory birds…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2015

Key Point

  • On 11 January 2015, Chiayi County (southwestern Taiwan) culled and disposed of more than 1,500 geese at the affected farm. Meanwhile, 120,000 chickens were culled in Pingtung due to an outbreak [detected on 9 January 2015] of H5N2 avian influenza.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In early January 2015, Huizhou, Guangdong Province, culled 13,000 chickens after realizing it exported H7N9 infected chicken to Hong Kong.
  • In December 2014, 19,000 birds were culled in Hong Kong’s Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market. A three week ban on bird imports was instituted.
  • In early September 2014, an outbreak of H5N6 was reported on a geese farm in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. It was reported that approximately 18,000 geese died in August 2014 on the farm and 69,000 poultry were subsequently culled.
  • There are nine potential subtypes of H5 viruses: H5N1, H5N2, H5N3, H5N4, H5N5, H5N6, H5N7, H5N8, and H5N9.

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