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First-ever highly pathogenic H5N5 avian influenza case reported in Taiwan

The first ever highly pathogenic H5N5 strain of avian influenza on a duck has been reported in a farm in Cishan District, Kaohsiung according to the Deputy Minister of Council of Agriculture (COA) in Taiwan.

Initially, the test result from duck is H5 subtype but further testing analysis, it is diagnosed as infected with H5N5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus.

COA pointed out that currently only 1 domestic poultry farms confirmed H5N5 subtype of HPAI, is effective in preventing the spread of pathogens, will strengthen monitoring of the hot zone poultry farms, and the implementation of field area clean and disinfect the poultry industry through each group counseling industry.

The case has been reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Initially determined that the virus has not spread, called on the industry with epidemic control measures.

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