Disease containment measures were imposed in eastern Taiwan on Tuesday a day after health authorities confirmed the first case of H5N6 avian flu.
H5N6 was discovered in a dead gosling found on the roadside in Hualien County in eastern Taiwan on February 2, the Council of Agriculture said on Monday.
The highly pathogenic strain is not as easily transmitted to humans as some other strains, state-run Central News Agency reported.
"It’s definitely an alert. Part of the DNA sequence was 99 per cent similar to the virus tested in South Korea and Japan," Tu Wen-Jane, director general of the council’s Animal Health Research Institute, told dpa Tuesday.
According to Tu, the H5N6 virus has been confirmed in 340 farms in South Korea and 10 farms in Japan since late 2016.
The council is tracking the source of the dead gosling. Local authorities strengthened inspection and monitoring of poultry within 3 kilometres of where the infected bird was found.
"Protection measures, such as setting up protective nets, have to be carried out at all poultry firms to prevent contact with migratory birds," Tu said.
The council banned 85 poultry farms in Hualien from transferring birds to other cities and counties for two weeks.
CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo said Tuesday that 168 residents, who might have been exposed to the infected gosling, had been monitored for any symptoms consistent with influenza.
"So far, none of them has suspected symptoms. The monitoring will last until February 12," Lo said, according to the Apple Daily.