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Avian flu found in Pingtung chickens

TIME OUT TO CLEAN:Slaughterhouses, poultry markets and farms nationwide have been told to halt operations until Thursday to disinfect their facilities and grounds

By Sean Lin and Tseng Wei-chen  /  Staff reporters, with CNA

Duck Association Taiwan deputy director-general Lin Chin-fa (林金發) said that 90 percent of his geese had died and it looks as if the rest will die soon.

Chen said the current outbreak is the largest in the nation’s history, and that the government would ease its compensation rules for farmers affected by the epidemic.

It will be at least three months before farms hit by the bird flu outbreak can resume operations, Chen said.

He also said local authorities would act swiftly to inspect goslings and urged members of the Goose Association Taiwan to help.

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