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Yunlin County farm suffers mysterious die-off of poultry

The China Post news staff--A chicken farm in Yunlin County, southern Taiwan, suffered massive chicken deaths in the past three days, and the Animal Health and Research Institute under the Council of Agriculture will reveal its examination result today to see if the deaths are caused by the infection of H5N2 avian flu, according to statements released last night by the COA's Bureau of Animal & Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine and the Yunlin County Government.

  The COA bureau said that the farm has a total of 18,000 chickens now, but 250 of them were found dead on May 7, and 1,200 more chickens died on May 8, but the real reason behind the deaths won't be known until after the examination outcome is revealed today by the council's Animal Health and Research Institute.

 Lu Cheng-chang, director of the Bureau of Agriculture under the Yunlin County Government, the chicken deaths amounted to 3,250 as of yesterday, when 1,800 new deaths were reported.

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