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Monday, March 5, 2012

Taiwan : Agriculture agency denies covering up bird flu outbreak

Via Focus Taiwan :

" Taiwan's top agricultural agency said Monday that it did not cover up an outbreak of bird flu, noting that it had followed standard procedure in handling the recent outbreak of the H5N2 avian influenza.

On Saturday, the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture confirmed the first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, which has led to 57,500 chickens culled in southern Taiwan's Tainan and central Taiwan's Changhua areas.

The highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza refers to a highly contagious disease with a higher fatality rate.

The council, however, was accused by a local documentary filmmaker of delaying the reporting of the bird flu outbreak and trying to conceal the outbreak.

But on Monday, Huang Kwo-ching, deputy director-general of the council's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, rebutted the accusation, saying that the council needed to await the results of lab tests and weigh other factors."

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