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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Taiwan : Chiayi reports new bird flu case

Via Focus Taiwan News Channel :

" An avian flu case was detected again on May 27 at a duck farm in Chiayi County's Dalin township after the virus was discovered in another township in Chiayi this April.

Kuo-ching Huang, deputy director of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine under the Council of Agriculture, said Tuesday the two reported cases of H7N3 virus might have spread to the farm animals from migratory birds.

Huang predicted the epidemic will temper down soon since there will be fewer migratory birds in Taiwan in the summer. The bureau will take samples from farms within a 3-kilometer radius of where the bird flu was detected.

Huang said the H7N3 virus is unlikely to be passed onto humans. Only poultry are susceptible to the viral infection."

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