Highly pathogenic influenza A viruses (infection with) (non-poultry including wild birds),
Chinese Taipei
Information received on 05/12/2017 from Dr Tai-Hwa Shih, Chief Veterinary Officer, Deputy Director General, Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Council of Agriculture Executive Yuan, Ministry of Agriculture, Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 01/12/2017
Date of confirmation of the event 04/12/2017
Report date 05/12/2017
Date submitted to OIE 05/12/2017
Date event resolved 05/12/2017
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 05/05/2017
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic influenza A virus
Serotype H5N6
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (05/12/2017)
Follow-up report No. 1 (19/01/2018)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Taijiang National Park, Tainan City
Date of start of the outbreak 01/12/2017
Outbreak status Resolved (05/12/2017)
Epidemiological unit Natural park
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Black-faced spoonbill:Platalea minor(Threskiornithidae) 1 1 0 0
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Black-faced spoonbill:Platalea minor(Threskiornithidae) 1 1 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Black-faced spoonbill:Platalea minor(Threskiornithidae) ** ** 100.00% **
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
**Not calculated because of missing information
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments On 1 December 2017, one dead black-faced spoonbill was found in Taijiang National Park (Republic of China) by the staff of the National Park and was sent to the National Laboratory (Animal Health Research Institute, AHRI) by the local Livestock Disease Control Center (LDCC). H5N6 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza was detected and confirmed by the AHRI in the evening of 4 December 2017. The LDCC disinfected the neighboring areas of the spot where the dead black-faced spoonbill was found and has completed clinical examination and sampling of all poultry farms (four chicken farms) within 5 km radius of the spot. All chicken in the four farms are clinically healthy. They are under intensified surveillance for three months to detect, if any, spreading of the virus. In addition, to be further well-prepared for the increased risk of HPAI epidemics, the government have launched active surveillance over three categories of higher risk poultry farms: (1) poultry farms located within 3 km radius around wetlands nationwide; (2) outdoor feeding duck farms; and (3) native chicken farms. According to preliminary analysis by the AHRI, the current H5N6 virus is different (identity 92.4%) from the H5N6 virus that was detected in February 2017, but is closely related to the one found in wild birds in Japan last November. The HA genomic sequences share about 99% identity with the H5N8 virus which has caused major outbreaks in Europe from late 2016 to early 2017. The NA genome is similar to the HxN6 which is widespread in wild birds in Eurasia.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Quarantine
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Disinfection
  • Ante and post-mortem inspections
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Animal Health Research Institute (National laboratory) Black-faced spoonbill gene sequencing 04/12/2017 Positive
Animal Health Research Institute (National laboratory) Black-faced spoonbill reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 03/12/2017 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations