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on May 11, 2012

Taiwan confirms case of H5N2 bird flu

Humans, vehicles suspected carriers

Taiwan has confirmed a case of H5N2 bird flu in Yunlin County, where over 3,500 birds have died at a farm in Peikang since May 7.

All 18,000 birds at the farm will be culled by the end of the day on May 11. According to the Yunlin County government, no chickens reached the market since the outbreak began and there is no danger to consumers. The military has been called in to clean up the surrounding areas, and more than a dozen farms in the neighborhood have been put under close watch. There are roughly 900 farms with a total of 13 million chickens in the area.

The Yunlin outbreak is the sixth case of H5N2 in Taiwan, according to the Taiwan Council of Agriculture. It is thought that the latest virus was brought into the farm by humans or vehicles. From now on, each Wednesday will be a national disinfection day for farms, vehicles and farmers, said a Council of Agriculture official, in an effort to reduce the possibility of future incidences.

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