City Adopts Countermeasures in Light of Suspected Bird Flu Cases
Taipei City Animal Protection Office (APO) has activated the anti-bird flu mechanism following reports on May 6 and 7 from Taipei Poultry Wholesale Market regarding suspected avian influenza case involving five batches of chickens.According to veterinarians at the market, signs such as skin anomalies, internal bleeding, swelling eyelids, among other bird flu symptoms were found on the slaughtered chickens. The birds came from Kaohsiung, Miaoli, Pintung, and Yunlin. APO has notified the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine of the suspected cases, which were immediately sent for laboratory inspection. The City also ordered the suspension of slaughtering operations for 24 hours and seized 304 chickens for further examination. A massive disinfection effort was implemented at the market as part of the SOP to prevent further outbreak.With summer approaching, transmission of avian influenza viruses will likely be mitigated. However, APO noted that isolated cases are unavoidable and urged the public to eat thoroughly-cooked poultry and purchase certified products.