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28,000 #chickens killed due to #BirdFlu in #Changhua, #Taiwan

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On Saturday (June 22), Taiwan’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (農委會防檢局) announced that a poultry farm in Changhua County’s Fangyuan Township (芳苑鄉) was discovered to be infected with the H5N2 strain of the avian flu.

Out of concern for public welfare and to help safeguard other poultry operations nearby, the bureau ordered and carried out a culling of 27,960 nine week old chickens, on Saturday reports CNA.

This is the 26th confirmed case of a bird flu infected site in 2019 according to the report. In 2018, there were a total of 62 cases recorded.

The largest culling operation so far in 2019 also took place in Changhua, when 32,500 chickens were killed in February.

According to CNA, the owner of the poultry farm voluntarily alerted authorities of the presence of the disease among the livestock. As is standard procedure, officials from the bureau confirmed the presence and variety of the disease, before immediately ordering the chicken’s culled and the site disinfected.

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15,000 #birds killed due to #BirdFlu in #Mexico

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The World Organization for Animal Health, OIE, reported on June 6, 2019, that four new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of H7N3 serotype have been detected in commercial and backyard birds in the localities of General Heliodoro Castillo, Guerrero ; Cadereyta de Montes, Querétaro ; Tizayuca, Hidalgo ; San Juan del Río, Querétaro in Mexico.

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11,000+ #birds killed due to BirdFlu in #Xinjiang, #China

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China has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu in Horgos in the far western Xinjiang region.

The outbreak killed 1,015 out of 2,545 birds raised by farmers in Horgos, according to a notice on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs late on Friday.

Authorities culled 11,910 birds in the area to control the spread of the disease. The notice did not specify the type of poultry involved.

China is the world’s No.2 poultry consumer. It has reported several outbreaks of highly pathogenic bird flu in recent months.

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24,500 #birds killed due to #BirdFlu in #Liaoning province, #China

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China reported an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 bird flu at a farm in northeastern Liaoning province, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday.

The case occurred on a farm with 24,500 birds but the ministry did not specify if they were chickens or other types of poultry.

The authorities have culled 25,472 bird following the outbreak.

Last week, Liaoning province found a strain of H7N9 bird flu at a zoo.

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600+ #ducks and 66 #chickens killed due to #BirdFlu in #Cuttack, #India

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A team of veterinary doctors and experts culled more than 600 ducks and 66 chickens on Sunday following confirmation of bird flu (H5N1) in the city.

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28,000 #chickens #killed due to #BirdFlu in #Kathmandu, #Nepal

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Bird flu has been detected in two poultry farms at Tarkeshwar Municipality in Kathmandu. The infectious disease, medically known as H5N1 influenza virus, was detected and confirmed in the chickens being reared in the farms belonging to Shyam Sundar Basnet of Basnet Tole in Tarkeshwor-7 and Shyam Kumar Basnet, chief of Department of Livestock Services Dr Jaya Prakash Raya said. According to him, as many as 28,000 chickens were being culled after they were tested positive for the infection. Dr Raya said the infection that causes severe respiratory diseases in birds was also seen in ducks and chickens last year and that they were destroyed to prevent further infection. The disinfectant was being sprayed in the empty poultry farms to kill the virus.

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7,000 #chickens killed due to #BirdFlu in #Terndrup, #Denmark

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About 50 men started Saturday morning at work to kill 7,000 chickens at Terndrup, after finding bird flu.

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Hundreds of #Pengiuns continue to die due to #BirdFlu on #HalifaxIsland, #Namibia, #Africa

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HIGHLY pathogenic avian influenza continues to wipe out penguins at the Halifax Island beach near Lüderitz.

The Lüderitz Maritime Research Group estimated on its Facebook page that more than 500 penguins have died since the first bird flu outbreak towards the end of last year.

“Unfortunately, there is another confirmation that the mortality is continuing unabated. As of today, 345 penguin carcasses, excluding chicks, were recovered from the island and nearby beaches… the real toll is by now probably in excess of 500 birds, mostly breeding adults,” a recent post on the group’s Facebook page reads.

According to the group, they have noticed that most of the affected penguins are clustered around “colony 2” on the south side of the island, and in particular near a muddy patch adjoining this colony.

“As the virus H5N8 can survive for weeks in a wet environment, we suspect that this mud patch might be a factor in the continuing mortalities as it is crossed daily by adult penguins returning from the sea,” the Facebook post further reads.

The group said the fisheries ministry’s officials had recently spread buckets of salt over the mud patch in an attempt to lower the rate of infection.

Dr Jean-Paul Roux, a member of the research group, who spoke to The Namibian yesterday, said the damage in terms of the dying penguins might be more serious because it is not known whether the outbreak had spread to the three adjacent Possession, Ichaboe and Mercury islands.

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3,900 #birds killed due to #BirdFlu in #PlateauState, #Nigeria

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An outbreak of bird flu, also known as avian influenza, has hit Plateau State, killing at least 3,900 birds.

The Chief Veterinary Officer of the state, Dr Spak Shaset, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Jos, that the outbreak had affected two farms in the Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas of the state.

He said, “Sometimes in January, when we heard of an outbreak of the dreaded disease in some part of Bauchi State, we knew Plateau is at risk.

“I immediately summoned our divisional health officers in the 17 local government councils, and in less than 72 hours after we met, report got to us of suspected cases in some farms in the state.

“We immediately swung into action and took sample from the farms to our labs and it was confirmed it is bird flu.

“Without hesitation, we went and depopulated the farms to avoid further spread of the disease to other farms.

“More than 3,900 birds were destroyed; 2,900 from the farm in Jos South and 1,000 in the farm in Jos North.”

Shaset said the two farms were disinfected and quarantined to avoid further spread to nearby farms so that other poultry farmers would not incur losses.

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Over 32,500 #Chickens #killed due to #BirdFlu in #Changhua County, #Taiwan

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More than 32,500 free-range chickens on a farm in Changhua County have been culled after the farm was confirmed to be infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, an official from the county’s Animal Disease Control Center (ADCC) said Monday.

ADCC Director Tung Meng-chih (董孟治) said the birds were exterminated and disinfectant work carried out at the farm after the test results came back a day earlier.

Suspicion of an avian influenza outbreak arose after 340 chickens on the farm died within a relatively short space of time.

In wake of the latest cull, Tung reminded farmers that if they discover their poultry showing symptoms such as swollen faces, bleeding from the eyes and nostrils, and other signs of disease to proactively contact their local animal disease control centers.

According to statistics provided by the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ), four other poultry farms across the country have been affected by the H5N2 avian influenza virus so far this year, including two chicken farms and one duck farm in Yunlin County, and one duck farm in Pingtung County.

BAPHIQ statistics also show that a total of 93 poultry farms were hit by H5N2 in 2018.

H5N2, a subtype of the influenza A virus, is known to infect a wide variety of birds, including chickens, ducks, turkeys and ostriches.

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