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Media reports cites spread of Fujian H5N2 and H5N8 to chickens in Taiwan.

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New avian flu strains H5N2 and H5N8 have spread from waterfowl to chickens in Taiwan for the first time, while he number of poultry dead or culled climbed past 650,000 on Monday (Jan 19).

TAIPEI: New avian flu strains H5N2 and H5N8 have spread from waterfowl to chickens in Taiwan for the first time.

The highly pathogenic viruses have infected chicken farms in Pingtung and Changhua counties of southern Taiwan, raising fears that the avian flu outbreak could get out of control.

Based on the latest data released by the Council of Agriculture, 239 poultry farms have been infected since the outbreak on Jan 9. The number of poultry dead or culled climbed past 650,000 on Monday (Jan 19). As the outbreak continues to spread among chickens, geese and ducks, that number is fast approaching 1 million.

Geese are the worst affected, with more than 30 per cent of the island's total population infected. But the numbers of infected ducks and chickens so far remain under control.

Officials say a shortage in the supply of geese will become more apparent next summer. "Except for geese, other poultry infected only account for less than 0.1 to 0.2 per cent of the island's live poultry. So the impact on the overall production and industry is not significant," said Animal Husbandry Department chief Chiang Wen-chuan.

Agricultural authorities, however, are not taking any chances. From Tuesday, all farms, markets, slaughter houses and vehicles transporting poultry will undergo three days of disinfection - just some of the efforts to reassure consumers as authorities promise sufficient supplies of poultry, through the Lunar New Year holidays.

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