City Mobilized to Disinfect Avian Flu High-risk Spots
Extensive sterilization measures have been implemented by the City across high-risk spots starting March 12 in response to the escalating bird flu outbreak. The move comes in the wake of a dead duck found in Bihu Park carrying the high pathogenic H5 avian influenza virus on March 11.The high-risk spots span a 3-kilometer radius from the location extending outward from the confirmed. These include outdoor areas where bird congregate, as well as places where feeding or touching birds are common (for example parks, greens, riverbanks, and resident-reported locations). Clean-up of bird droppings and spray of disinfectants have been implemented at 18 spots, including parks and greens such as Bihu, Dahu, Shitan, Gangqian, Gangdu, Jinrui, Fushou, Donghu No.4, Mingmei, Tanmei, Shangwan, Xiawan, Ankang, Lehuo, Chenggong, Qingbai, Anxing, and Zhoumei.The City has mobilized staff from the Department of Environmental Protection, Parks and Street Lights Office, Hydraulic Engineering Office, and Animal Protection Office to conduct countermeasures to mitigate the impact of bird flu. The public are also urged to cease bird-feeding activities and avoid releasing domestic ducks and geese into the city’s parks. Violators will be fined between NT$1,200 and NT$6,000. When spotting dead birds, individuals should not touch the carcasses but call 1999 Citizen Hotline or Taipei City Animal Rescue Hotline 02-87913064 or 02-87913065 to seek assistance.