Tainan reports avian influenza case in rare migratory bird

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Photo courtesy of Tainan Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office

Photo courtesy of Tainan Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) A rare black-faced spoonbill found dead at a park in Tainan was confirmed to have been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza, the city's Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office said Monday.

The migratory bird was discovered by the Taijiang National Park last Friday, and it tested positive for the H5 avian influenza, the office said.

The office, acting according to standard operating procedures, has since disinfected the park and its surrounding areas.

It said it will begin to monitor all avian livestock farms and their surrounding areas within a five-kilometer radius for signs of the disease.

But so far, no other incidents have been reported, it said, advising livestock farmers and members of the public not to worry as the situation has since been contained and preventive measures carried out.

(By Yang Sze-rui and Ko Lin)
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