Biological Hazard – Asia – Taiwan

EDIS Number: BH-20120303-34385-TWN
Date / time: 03/03/2012 13:42:51 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: Taiwan
State/County: Multiple Areas
Location: [Tainan and Changhua areas]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


Taiwan recorded the first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, with 57,500 chickens culledin the Tainan and Changhua areas, the Council of Agriculture(COA) said Saturday. The egg-laying chicken farm in Changhua reported the disease on Dec. 27, 2011, while cases at the one in Tainan were detected on Feb. 7 this year, according to COA officials. The outbreak was under control and no chicken at nearby farms were found sick, said Wu Ming-pin, deputy director of Tainan's Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office. The H5N2 virus does not affect humans and none of the three farmers and six inspectors showed symptoms of infection, said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, poultry products exports worth NT$700 million (US$23.76 million) might be banned by Taiwan's trade partners because Taiwan would be listed as an infected region once the virus is confirmed highly pathogenic, said the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection under the COA. Poultry meat is one of the country's top poultry products exports, with a value of NT$360-NT$370 million per year, said Hsu Kuei-sen, director of the council's husbandry division. Other exports that might be affected include preserved eggs, salted duck eggs, raw eggs and pet birds, Hsu added. If the exports are banned, Taiwan's poultry trade will only resume after no H5N2 case appears for three months. The bureau said it would report the outbreak to the WorldOrganisation for Animal Health later in the day..

Event updates:
Situation Update No. 3 on 2012-03-06 at 17:15:30.
Situation Update No. 2 on 2012-03-06 at 08:32:21.
Situation Update No. 1 on 2012-03-04 at 05:28:02.

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