Japan and South Korea have recently experienced several outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which have forced the culling of close to 10 million birds and caused severe economic losses. Since migratory birds are currently overwintering in the south, the Health Inspection Office has asked poultry raisers to increase their vigilance and take steps to prevent disease outbreaks. At a time when avian influenza is reaching a peak, the Health Inspection Office has initiated many disease prevention measures intended to reduce the risk of outbreaks, including strengthening of awareness of the need for preventive actions among poultry raisers, continued monitoring of viruses in the production and sales environment, increased frequency of disinfection of environments where avian influenza may take hold, and inventory and replenishment of disease prevention supplies.
Since the Central Weather Bureau recently issued a special warning of low temperatures throughout Taiwan, the Health Inspection Office has appealed to poultry raisers in Taichung to take disease prevention measures such as confirming that heating equipment in their poultry sheds is operating normally, monitoring ventilation in the sheds, adding nutritional supplements to their poultry feed or water in order to boost the immunity of their flocks, ensuring that wild bird prevention facilities at poultry farms are functioning normally, and reinforcing personnel controls, and vehicle, cage, and equipment disinfection measures. If these steps are taken, this will protect the industry by reducing the risk that diseases enter Taiwan and spread in the country. If any poultry are found to have died under abnormal circumstances, please immediately notify the Health Inspection Office, so that prompt action can be taken.