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Taiwan re-imposes ban on Japanese poultry amid bird flu outbreak


Taiwan has placed a renewed ban on imports of poultry from Japan after an H5 strain of bird flu was found in the country’s Kagawa Prefecture.


On Friday, Taiwan’s quarantine and inspection bureau relisted Japan as an epidemic region, just days after removing Japan from the list and lifting an earlier poultry ban from 2016.


The bureau’s deputy director, Shih Tai-hwa, has urged the public not to be alarmed. Shih says that no Japanese poultry entered Taiwan in the four days between the lifting of the previous ban and the start of the new ban.


The outbreak of bird flu in Japan is only the latest in a season that the bureau says has also seen serious flare-ups in South Korea and Europe.