Taiwan chickens hit by bird flu

2012-03-03 18:02

Taipei - Officials say all 58 000 chickens at two farms in southern Taiwan have been slaughtered after an outbreak of the H5N2 bird flu strain.

The Agriculture Council said on Saturday the farms are in Changhua and Tainan counties.

Officials say that unlike the more dangerous H5N1 strain, the H5N2 virus will not pass to human beings. Workers at the two farms tested negative for the virus.

The officials say Taiwan has reported the cases to the World Health Organisation and will temporarily halt poultry exports.