Taiwan sacrificed around 7,000 chickens on a poultry farm on Sunday after an outbreak of bird flu from the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus was detected, the island's Center for Disease Control said.
The outbreak was detected by checking routine samples collected on December 6 at a farm in Lugang, Changhua County.
As a result, the epidemic prevention staff sacrificed a total of 6,958 chickens on Sunday, the head of the Animal Disease Control Center, Tung Meng-chih, announced on the same day.
In addition to the slaughter of the birds, the center authorities carried out cleaning and disinfection of the facilities to prevent the spread of the virus, Tung added.
Winter is the season with the most outbreaks of bird flu in Taiwan, the center said in a statement.
In recent years, Taiwan has suffered several outbreaks of bird flu, the most serious in 2015, when the number of poultry slaughtered reached 5.14 million.
On the other hand, the Office of Quarantine and Inspection of Plants and Animals of the Council of Agriculture of the island announced that, after the hardening of penalties for illegal importation of meat, dozens of millions of fines have been registered to Taiwanese and Chinese who have not complied. laws.
People who try to get meat from areas affected by foot-and-mouth disease, bird flu or other diseases, must pay fines of up to one million Taiwanese dollars (about $ 33,000).
The island has intensified inspections at all its international airports to prevent the spread of African swine fever, which has spread through China in recent months.