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Taiwan reports first case of H5N3 avian influenza

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An outbreak of low pathogenic H5N3 bird flu has been detected on a duck farm in the eastern county of Hualien, the first occurrence of the virus strain in Taiwan.

The virus was isolated from swabs taken from the farm July 16 and confirmed by the national laboratory Aug. 2, according to a report submitted by the Council of Agriculture to the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) that same day.

Twenty of the 13,400 ducks on the farm tested positive for the virus, the report said.

The results of a clinical investigation showed that the ducks were healthy and without clinical signs or abnormal mortality, it said, adding that surveillance of poultry farms around the H5N3-affected farm is being conducted.

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