Infectious Diseases 2017

Infectious Diseases 2017

Taiwan: H5N6 in dead goose

6 February, 2017

One dead young goose was found on a country road in Hualien County by the Wild Bird Society of Taipei and was sent to the National Laboratory (Animal Health Research Institute, AHRI) on 2 February 2017. H5N6 subtype HPAI was detected and confirmed by the AHRI in the evening of 5 February 2017.
The HA and NA genomic sequences of the virus seem to share high similarity (99%) with those of the virus which has caused major outbreaks in Korea and Japan. This is the first detection of HPAI H5N6 on the island of Taiwan.