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H5N6, H5N2 outbreak continues in Taiwan

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

TAIPEI: Taiwan has already reported 4 cases and critics are accusing the government of slow response. The Taiwan government was urged on Monday to issue its highest warning level as the bird flu outbreak continued its steady spread north.

Attending the first meeting of a new Central Emergency Operation Center task force, Premier Lin Chuan urged authorities to step up inspections of illegal slaughterhouses, but urged the public not to panic.

While the H5N6 virus had been transmitted from poultry to humans in China, where it killed 10 people, no such cases had been found in Japan or South Korea, Lin said.

The opposition Kuomintang joined experts on Monday in urging the government to deem the situation a national-level crisis, with critics blaming the fast-spreading epidemic on the Council of Agriculture’s (COA) failure to react quickly.

Starting from Hualien, the H5N6 and H5N2 viruses have spread to Tainan, Chiayi and then onto Yunlin.

Source by: Internet

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