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Avian Flu Outbreak Tracked to Migratory Birds

Baikal teals fly over a reservoir in Gochang, North Jeolla Province on Monday. /News 1

A virulent bird flu outbreak in North Jeolla Province, the fifth outbreak in the country, was caused by infected Baikal teals, making it likely that the migratory birds will spread the virus to other areas.

Health authorities are on full alert because the migratory birds, which stay in the region until February, will fly over the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area as they head north toward Russia in March.

Tests on Baikal teals found dead at a reservoir near the duck farm in Gochang where the virus broke out first, showed that they carried the H5N8 virus, the same strain found at the duck farm, the agriculture ministry said Monday.

The government concluded that they transmitted the virus through their feces.

The government blocked access to lakes and reservoirs around the Jeolla provinces where the Baikal teals are resting. It started disinfecting 37 wintering sites of migratory birds.

Some 139,000 chickens and ducks raised at 10 farms in Gochang and Buan were culled and buried between Friday and Monday.

The ministry terminated a 48-hour standstill order for the Jeolla provincial areas after 48 hours on Monday night since there are no more sign of the disease spreading further.

via The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea – Avian Flu Outbreak Tracked to Migratory Birds.

Poultry group bemoans falling sales amid avian flu scare

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) A poultry group said Tuesday that chicken sales in Taiwan have fallen dramatically even though the H7N9 avian flu virus has not spread in Taiwan and called the decline an “unexpected misfortune” for chicken farmers.

Li Ching-kun, an official with the Poultry Association Republic of China, said sales of locally raised chickens have been hit hard over concerns of an H7N9 outbreak in Taiwan, falling 40 to 50 percent in April from the same period last year.

There is currently no spread of the avian flu in Taiwan and the only reported case so far was imported from China, but it has brought “unexpected misfortune” to local farmers, Li said at an event the association held to promote chicken products.

“Had there been an outbreak, chicken farmers would have been the first ones to be infected,” Li said, but there have been no locally infected cases of the avian flu to date.

He said consumers could feel confident when buying locally raised chickens and eggs.

Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji, who was invited to the event to back local poultry farmers, said Taiwan’s food processing practices, from feeding and slaughtering to shipping, all conform to international sanitary standards, and he personally guaranteed the safety of locally raised chickens.

Although the H7N9 virus has yet to become a major threat in Taiwan, the Department of Health has advised consumers to maintain good hygienic practices.

The practices suggested include washing one’s hands frequently, separating raw and cooked meat, and making sure chicken products and eggs are fully cooked before consumption.

(By Chen Shun-hsieh and Jamie Wang)

Focus Taiwan

Noh Omar: Chicken products imported from China free of avian flu

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar.
PUTRAJAYA: There has been no outbreak of H7N9 avian influenza in poultry farms in the country, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar.

Noh also said that Malaysia imported 4,806 tonnes of chicken products annually from northern China and that the imports did not come from areas where H7N9 had been reported.

“Furthermore, all the products were imported frozen. So, there is no chance of the virus surviving.

“I want to give the assurance that based on monitoring done by the Veterinary Services Department, there has been no outbreak of H7N9 in Malaysia. We are still free of all kinds of bird flu (avian influenza).

He was talking to reporters after receiving a delegation from China who are on a visit to Malaysia to inspect swiftlet farms and birds nest processing premises, at his ministry here on Tuesday.

He added that in the wake of H7N9 fatalities in Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang in China, the Veterinary Services Department (VSD) was staying in close contact with their Chinese counterparts on the latest developments on the outbreak of this new strain of bird flu in that country.

Six people have died in China after being infected by the H7N9 virus.

He added that the VSD had tested 1,043 samples of the imports for HPAI including H7N9 since January and that the results were all negative.

He also urged poultry farmers in the country to be on the alert and to immediately report to the department if they came across any sign of a bird flu outbreak.

Meanwhile, on the reported hike in the price of chicken, Noh said the ceiling price ex-farm now was RM5.40 per kg that traders were not allowed to sell above RM8 per kg, even if the ex-farm price had risen.

He added that the ministry would get to the bottom of the matter. – Bernama

The Star

Farm inspected for H5N2 virus

GOING VIRAL:As chicken farms around the nation take greater precautions, Greater Taichung has started to vaccinate poultry farmers against the deadly H5N1 flu virus

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter, with CNA

Another chicken farm in Changhua County is believed to have been hit by avian flu after more than 120 hens were reported dead, an animal disease control official said yesterday.

Inspectors collected tissue samples from the hens that died on Monday to determine if they fell victim to the H5N2 avian influenza strain, which was detected at another chicken farm in the county in December last year and led to the culling of more than 50,000 chickens.

Currently, three chicken farms in the county have been affected by bird flu, County Animal Disease Control Center director Kuo Chou-che (郭丑哲) said.

As a result, strict regulations have been put in place prohibiting the movement of all birds and eggs from those farms. Quarantine experts are now working to determine what caused the outbreak.

While chicken farms around Taiwan are taking precautions to prevent an outbreak of the H5N2 avian flu, the Greater Taichung Government Health Bureau has started to vaccinate poultry farmers against the deadly H5N1 flu virus.

A series of anti-avian flu quarantine measures have been introduced in Taipei to keep the H5N2 virus at bay. Although there are no large chicken farms in Taipei City, the city government is conducting a city-wide inspection on birds registered at wholesale poultry markets, livestock farms and pet shops, Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Wei-jen (陳威仁) said.

Taipei’s Market Management Bureau Director Ding Juo-ting (丁若亭) said the municipal livestock market handles between 60,000 and 80,000 chickens every day, with more than 5,800 registered birds from chicken or livestock farms.

The city government would increase the number of blood -samples taken from birds from 300 to 600 a month, and the more rigorous inspections should enhance food safety, Ding said.

Chen said there was insufficient evidence to prove the H5N2 strain can cross between humans and animals, so the public should not be overly concerned, though people should keep a safe distance from birds and not eat raw meat or eggs.

Read More: Taipei Times

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