HK bans Miaoli, Penghu eggs over H5N2
By Linger Liu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Egg exports from Miaoli and Penghu counties have been banned by Hong Kong authorities due to recent cases of H5N2 avian flu, the deputy director of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said yesterday.
January 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reported the two counties as low pathogenic avian influenza areas on Jan. 18, said Huang Kuo-ching (黃國青), deputy director of the bureau.
Low Pathogenic Areas
Huang said so far the two counties are low pathogenic areas, and they are the only affected areas in the nation. The deputy director said that the rest of Taiwan can still export eggs to Hong Kong.
Low pathogenic avian influenza does not require the widespread slaughter of poultry, but only requires quarantine control as well as a delay in the sale of poultry in the marketplace, the deputy director said.
Huang said around 400 chickens in Penghu County were affected, and authorities ordered that they be culled. He said that Miaoli County has had a quarantine in place and the eggs can be sold in the market once they pass an influenza test.
The deputy director pointed out that Penghu County had its first H5N2 case at the end of last year, which resulted in high pathogenic avian influenza. The case was reported to the OIE on Nov. 23, 2012.
He said the authority found the second and third cases this year, though they were all of the low pathogenic variety.
The deputy director said that the infected farms in Penghu County have slaughtered their chickens, and authorities also quarantined the farm that was found with H5N2-infected poultry in Miaoli County. The report will be presented to the OIE, and the government can only lift the quarantine on Miaoli County when the infected farm passes the poultry influenza test.