Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Chinese Taipei
Information received on 07/02/2018 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, Taipei 10070, Chinese Taipei
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 31/01/2018
Date of confirmation of the event 06/02/2018
Report date 06/02/2018
Date submitted to OIE 07/02/2018
Date event resolved 22/02/2018
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 11/10/2017
Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (06/02/2018)
Follow-up report No. 1 (02/08/2018)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (2018-pt-1) Chaozhou Township, Pingtung County
Date of start of the outbreak 31/01/2018
Outbreak status Resolved (22/02/2018)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 3136 0 3136 0
Affected population Meat ducks (2018-pt-1)
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 3136 ** 0 3136 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds ** 0.00% ** 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 During active surveillance program, samples collected on Jan. 31, 2018 from one duck farm in Pingtung County were sent to the National Laboratory, Animal Health Research Institute (AHRI) for analysis. Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 subtype was confirmed by AHRI on Feb. 06, 2018. The farm has been placed under movement restriction. All animals in this infected farm have been culled. Thorough cleaning and disinfection have been conducted after stamping out operation. Surrounding poultry farms within a three-kilometer radius of the infected farm are under intensified surveillance for three months.
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
  • Stamping out
  • 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) Birds gene sequencing 06/02/2018 Positive
Animal Health Research Institute (National laboratory) Birds reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 05/02/2018 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations