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Media reports indicate that in addition to H5N8, lab results have identified an H5N2 with a Fujian H5 and an N2 that is most closely related to N2 from a Julin H5N2 sequence from 2011. Thus, as was seen in North America, H5N8 has reassorted and picked up a regional N2 to create a novel reassortant.

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he new head capsule newtalk2015.01.11 邱珮文 / roundup


Taiwan bird flu warming! COA vice chairman Teng Wang Zheng held today (11) afternoon press conference that the Council of Agriculture Animal Health Research Institute has four geese field Yunlin County, Pingtung County, a duck farm tested positive infections, "the new H5N2 bird flu "Chiayi County, a goose farm confirmation of infection" H5N8 subtype of avian influenza. " National Waterfowl slaughterhouse will also stop the slaughter on the 2nd and enhance cleaning and disinfection. COA noted that as of yesterday submission 24 games, duck a field, the rest are goose farm. Have to control the movement of sampling that will be the location of the animal epidemic prevention authorities in carrying out culling operations and cleaning and disinfection audience, the relevant inspection disposal information synchronized informed OIE (OIE). COA vice chairman Teng Wang Zheng said after the virus was analyzed and found that strains of H5N8 subtype virus similar to South Korea, H5N2 subtype virus detection were different in the past, for the new virus, and N gene sequences H and South Korea and China, respectively, Continental similar. Wang Zheng Teng said the two kinds of viruses are Taiwan never had before, but already know pathogenic according to international literature, and the establishment of relevant measures to goose more infected birds, followed by duck. He explained that in the past geese, ducks, mostly those with source, but in itself does not have symptoms, the increased mortality goose, duck egg production rate. The new virus has caused Taiwan geese, ducks large number of deaths, less worried about the outside world poultry production, which, Wang Zheng Teng said that Taiwan is still in poultry production and marketing of chicken-based, duck, duck quantity below 10% of chicken, goose lower about 5%. Anti CIQ further said that this separation of the virus through the animal health analysis of the molecular epidemiology, H5N8 subtype viruses and South Korea in 2014 were most similar occurrence, H gene and N gene of H5N2 subtype H5 and South Korea respectively Jilin Province in China in 2011 N2 most similar analysis by experts judged the new H5N2 subtype virus, detected by different indigenous past. Judged the two viruses are likely to come from migratory birds, domestic waterfowl field transmitted by the media. Anti CIQ stressed afternoon meeting of experts study has analyzed the test results and to study and develop strategies to strengthen immunization, including field diagnosis occur immediately culled poultry farms to strengthen surveillance in accordance with procedures within 3 km diagnosed field range, anti-bird waterfowl field fence comprehensive reinforcement and so on. While the national abattoir slaughter waterfowl stop the slaughter on the 2nd (to 104 years at 12:00 on January 14 only), and to strengthen the whole area cleaned and disinfected. During the off-Jae, nationwide movement ban waterfowl and enhance transport vehicles and loading cages, feedlot cleaning and disinfection.

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Agriculture Chen Bao-ji said today Chiayi breeder test out H5N8, was first discovered in Taiwan H5N8, suspected birds spread to Taiwan. Today 17:00 COA vice chairman Wang Zheng Teng held a press conference to announce Pingtung Dawu Mountain Livestock plant identified as the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, in addition to discover novel H5N2, as well as Taiwan's first one is a new virus H5N8,2 type. Animal Health Research Institute, said Cai Xiangrong, these two new viruses for chickens mortality rate is very high, and now must guard against two kinds of new bird flu spread to chickens.
In addition to the outbreak of H5N2 bird flu in Pingtung, but also for the 24 games duck, goose feeding farm field inspection, found a new type of H5N2, as well as Taiwan's Chiayi breeder test out first to see the H5N8, that in 2014 Japan, Europe and the neighboring Korea and other countries has been found in the H5N8 avian flu. Animal Health Research Institute Caixiang Rong pointed out that the two kinds of new virus analysis cleavage site sequence, with six bases proteins expressed chicken mortality rate is also high, it is necessary to prevent this type of two new type of avian influenza virus from waterfowl to go chickens. COA has invited university professors, experts and scholars, in conjunction with anti-seizure Bureau, Animal Health Laboratory, Department of Animal Husbandry Industry counseling unit, to discuss prevention measures and strategies.
Chiayi county government set up an emergency "epidemic disaster emergency response center," Mayor Helen Chang personally took the anti-seizure COA Bureau, Chiayi County Animal Disease Control and Prevention received by 4 pm today notified the Council of Agriculture to determine the Chiayi County Town surnamed industry goose H5N8 avian flu infection, since the first H5N8 case in Taiwan, is expected to 17:30 will be sent to the industry's breeder Chen field goose culling 1567.
Ministry of Health, Welfare Department said tube disease, H5N8 virus has not yet appeared successor clinical history, but suggests that the public consumption of poultry products, such as duck and goose meat, eggs, and related products (such as duck), be sure to fully cooked before eating safer.
Changhua county animal epidemic prevention represented, Changhua County egg farms have 803 games, about more than 1640 million, the number of total units of the first, there are 535 broiler farm, about 6.6 million, and another 84 games duck, goose 34 games, a total of about 500,000; 110 duck farm, about 950,000, mostly concentrated in the cities, Fangyuan, Erlin, Zhutang other towns.
The COA said that the cause of this several waves duck, goose farms with high proportion of deaths highly pathogenic avian influenza, in addition to Taiwan's first see the H5N8 avian influenza virus, the new H5N2 virus also appeared. Anti-seizure Bureau said today Yunlin County has identified four confirmed infected with the new H5N2 goose farm bird flu, Chiayi County, a goose farm confirmed infected with the Korean strain of avian influenza H5N8 similar, Pingtung County, a duck farm infected with the new H5N2 avian influenza.
Inspection Bureau, said anti-virus through analysis, confirmed H5N8 avian influenza virus in 2014 and the outbreak of the H5N8 strain in South Korea, the most similar. As for the new H5N2 avian influenza virus and the H5N2 virus strain found in the past decade in Taiwan found a different, H H5 gene and South Korea up to 99% similarity with the gene sequence N 2011 in mainland China Jilin N2 up to 96% similar.
COA vice chairman Teng Wang Zheng said, after the meeting of experts to discuss, consider these two in Taiwan emerging avian influenza virus, it should be passed through migratory birds to enter Taiwan. Animal Health Research Institute Cai Xiangrong said that the two new virus cleavage sequence analysis, protein with six bases, showing the death rate of chickens is very high, so now must guard against these two types of new bird flu virus which ran from waterfowl to chickens.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:30 am 
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H5N2 threatens 3 counties
Test results from Pingtung, Chiayi, Yunlin expected Sunday
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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In a threatened expansion of the areas affected by the H5N2 avian flu, the authorities said Saturday they were testing samples taken across 15 farms and three counties.
The Tawushan egg farm in Pingtung County had to cull 120,000 chickens after tests showed some of the birds had contracted the highly pathogenic version of H5N2.

Some of the results of the tests taken at other farms and in the counties of Pingtung, Chiayi and Yunlin would be known on Sunday, the Council of Agriculture said.

Officials were unwilling to comment on reports that duck and goose farms would be the most seriously affected in the latest batch of farms hit by the bird flu.

A farm in Talin, Chiayi County, had reportedly ordered its ducks to be culled, but officials did not comment. It was also unclear whether the reason for the cull was H5N2 or another disease, reports said.

The cull at the Tawushan farm had to be completed by the end of the day Sunday, officials said, while the case of the water birds in three other countries needed to be completed within three days. According to the Pingtung County Government, culling the birds had been more difficult than expected because of the farm was too high-tech, reports said, without elaborating.

Officials said there was no need to remove eggs or poultry from sale, but consumers should make sure that the eggs and chicken meat they consumed was well cooked. The Kaohsiung City Department of Education said it found that 19 schools in the city had been using eggs from the Tawushan farms since last September. The city immediately ordered a stop to the delivery of the product.

According to new legislation which went into effect on December 24, farmers who failed to report outbreaks of serious animal diseases which were later confirmed by tests would not only not receive any compensation, but also be subject to fines ranging from NT$50,000 (US$1,560) to NT$1 million (US$31,000).

There were also new rules for reporting the death of poultry, reports said. If for two days in a row, more than 0.4 percent of the total number of turkeys and chickens raised for their meat died, the farmer would be bound by law to report the fact to the authorities. The same rule was valid for egg chickens if more than two out of thousand died on two consecutive days.

The H5N2 virus found at the Pingtung County farm was classified as highly pathogenic because it was highly contagious to animals and produced a high mortality rate in the birds, experts said.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:34 am 
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Council confirms H5N2 avian flu outbreak

MONITORING THE SITUATION:Although some eggs had been shipped from the farm before the discovery, an official said that once cooked they posed no threat

By Chen Wei-han / Staff writer, with CNA

An official from the Council of Agriculture speaks during a news conference in Taipei yesterday, confirming an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu at a chicken farm in Pingtung County.
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All 120,000 chickens at a farm in Pingtung County were culled after some had been confirmed to have become infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, according to the Pingtung County Agriculture Department.
The farm in southern Taiwan reported sporadic deaths of chickens early last month, with deaths continuing to climb despite vaccinations. Officials took samples again on Monday and confirmed the infection as H5N2.
The farm and two or three others nearby have never reported avian flu virus infections before, a county official said.
Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Director-General Chang Su-san (張淑賢) said that the farm could resume raising chickens, adding that it must wait 42 days after disinfection and monitoring.
The department also demanded that 50 employees and 10 frequent visitors to the farm have their health monitored for a 10-day period.
To prevent another outbreak, the bureau plans to reinforce monitoring of farms within a 3km radius, and regularly take samples for testing from farms within a 1km radius of the affected farm.
Chang said that the death rate in poultry has decreased to 40 per day, falling below the total considered abnormal, adding that egg production was also back to normal.
Pingtung County Agriculture Department Deputy Director-General Yao Chih-wang (姚志旺) said his department and the Animal Disease Control Center have put a ban on the movement of chickens and begun to disinfect the farm, and would continue to monitor the situation.
Yao said that some eggs were shipped from the farm before the discovery, but added that there was no need for concern because eggs pose no threat if they are cooked.
The department said while farms nearby have no confirmed infections, farms in Sinyuan Township (新園) and Wandan Township (萬丹) have reported irregular deaths of ducks and geese, and samples have been taken for testing.
H5N2 is often reported in poultry, but no human infections of the virus have been confirmed so far.

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Illness pipe Department: H5N8 avian-human transmission cases yet
2015-01-11 CNA Taipei 11 (Xinhua)
N5N8 avian influenza H5N2 and double strikes and mutations occur poultry outbreaks in south-central respectively. Illness tube Department said today, H5N2, H5N8 among poultry is still limited to the dissemination of the world do not have any H5N2, cases of H5N8 avian-human transmission.

Deputy Director of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Health, Welfare Council of Agriculture here today Zhuangren Xiang epidemic strain of bird flu meeting. He said in an interview after the meeting, due to changes in the afternoon epidemic confirmed the country's first goose field appear to see H5N8 bird flu prevention measures therefore bound to expand.

Zhuangren Xiang stressed, H5N2, H5N8 among poultry is still limited to the dissemination of the world do not have any H5N2, cases of H5N8 avian-human transmission.

He said that the morning is H5N2 Pingtung egg farms are native type; afternoon ducks and geese field detected H5N2, H5N8 is a new variation, for precaution, illness tube Department personnel will conduct seroepidemiological survey monitoring whether the hybrid virus mutation and change the route of transmission or invasive ability.

Now entered the flu season, in accordance with the vaccination program, disease and health units pipe Department will monitor poultry farms, health and epidemic prevention staff, please contact the staff at the chicken or goose 10 days starting on the day, every day monitoring of body temperature, to avoid access to public places, have a fever, cough symptoms, inform health personnel.

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Indeed H5N2 infected geese culled overnight Yunlin
2015-01-11 CNA Yunlin County 11 (Xinhua)
Yunlin County Government said today that the COA is indeed anti-seizure Board of H5N2 bird flu infected geese, four lakes forward command post to start culling, will conduct night.

Yunlin County Animal Emergency Centre major epidemic 16:00 Council of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine has received Board of Yunlin four games goose highly pathogenic H5N2 infection of bird flu.

Yunlin county magistrate yung first time indicating the relevant units and four lakes forward command post, Yunlin County, more than 40 animal and plant quarantine officers are dispatched to the four lakes, lake total of four games goose began culling operations.

To prevent the spread of the disease, yung instructions, three kilometers around the infected farm poultry farms and the number of regions to strengthen disinfection and sterilization please Prevention and Quarantine Bureau released material, counseling industry to strengthen self-sterilization.

Executive Secretary of the epidemic strain Yunlin center, county agriculture Director Zhang Shizhong said this evening will be the fastest speed, the most rigorous way to complete the culling of the night, and then disinfect the audience, the body by medical personnel sent to monitor the destruction of the farm system, is expected to culling of more than 6000.

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The COA said that the cause of this several waves duck, goose farms with high proportion of deaths highly pathogenic avian influenza , in addition to Taiwan's first see the H5N8 avian influenza virus , the new H5N2 virus also appeared. Anti-seizure Bureau said today Yunlin County has identified four confirmed infected with the new H5N2 goose farm bird flu, Chiayi County, a goose farm confirmed infected with the Korean strain of avian influenza H5N8 similar, Pingtung County, a duck farm infected with the new H5N2 avian influenza.

Inspection Bureau, said anti-virus through analysis, confirmed H5N8 avian influenza virus in 2014 and the outbreak of the H5N8 strain in South Korea, the most similar. As the novel H5N2 bird flu virus found in the H5N2 virus strain found in Taiwan over the past decade different, H H5 gene and South Korea up to 99% similarity with the gene sequence N 2011 in Jilin Province in China up to 96% N2 similar.

COA vice chairman Teng Wang Zheng said, after the meeting of experts to discuss, consider these two in Taiwan emerging avian influenza virus, it should be passed through migratory birds to enter Taiwan. Animal Health Research Institute Cai Xiangrong said that the two new virus cleavage sequence analysis, protein with six bases, showing the death rate of chickens is very high, so now must guard against these two types of new bird flu virus which ran from waterfowl to chickens.

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Taiwan hit by new type of H5N2, H5N8 for first time
2015/01/11 20:22:14

Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) Taiwan's agriculture authorities confirmed on Sunday that outbreaks of avian influenza at goose farms in southern Taiwan have been caused by two highly pathogenic viruses -- H5N8 and a new type of H5N2 -- seen for the first time in the country.
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The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine under the Council of Agriculture said the bird flu outbreaks reported at four goose farms in Yunlin County have been confirmed as being caused by a new strain of the H5N2 virus.

The H5N8 infection found in tissue samples from geese raised on a farm in Dalin Township in Chiayi County was identified as an H5N8 subtype similar to the avian flu virus that attacked South Korea in 2014, the bureau noted.

"Both of the viruses are new and have never been detected in Taiwan before," the bureau said in a statement.

The conclusions were based on laboratory tests of tissue samples collected from 23 goose farms and one duck egg farm in Taiwan, according to the bureau.

Measures have been taken to cull infected fowl, which include 6,000 geese at the four affected farms in Yunlin and more than 1,500 geese raised for breeding at the virus-hit farm in Chiayi, according to local governments.

The Chiayi County Agriculture Department said all geese at the goose farm in the county will be culled, and other farms raising fowl with a one-kilometer radius of the infected farm will be required to deliver samples for checks once a month for three straight months.

On Sunday, more than 7,000 ducks at a duck egg farm in Wandan Township in Pingtung County were also targeted for culling after suspicions that the farm had been hit by the H5N2 virus were confirmed.

Meanwhile, a goose farm in Tainan reported suspicious deaths Saturday, when 100 of over 800 geese from the farm died as they were being transported to a slaughterhouse in Pingtung County.

Lee Chao-chuan, head of the Tainan City Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office, confirmed the deaths Sunday, saying samples of dead geese have been sent for laboratory checks.

"The situation is not yet clear at the moment," Lee said.

Centers of Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang said the agency has subjected 83 poultry farm operators and quarantine personnel to simple health checks as a precaution, though experts at the agency judged that the H5N2 virus would not be transmitted from fowl to humans.

There has not been a single case of H5N8 infection among humans anywhere in the world, Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji said Sunday.

H5N8 is a virus existing in wild birds and mainly transmitted to ducks and geese, according to health experts.

Local authorities suspect that both the H5N8 and new H5N2 viruses were brought to Taiwan by migratory birds.

Because avian flu viruses can be eliminated during the cooking process at a temperature of 70 degrees Celsius and over, people are advised to cook chicken eggs or poultry well before eating them.



(By Yang Shu-min, Yeh Tzu-kang, Kuo Chu-chen, Chen Ching-fang and
Elizabeth Hsu)
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