Tests result of two newly found H5N2 cases — one in Fangyuan township, Changhua County, and another in Mingjian township, Nantou County — were released yesterday. Test results of the Fangyuan case suggest the virus found is of a highly pathogenic level. The preliminary test results of the Mingjian case indicate that the virus is of a low pathogenic level. Furthermore, in terms of the third newfound H5N2 case in Jutang township, Changhua County, the Council of Agriculture (COA) might cull chickens there before the tests result come up.
In terms of the Fangyuan case, tests suggest that the virus is of a highly pathogenic level. The COA, however, still maintains that a meeting of experts is needed before taking any action, including culling chickens. The death rate of chickens in the Fangyuan farm remains low, according to the COA.