Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cough cough

The Hong Kong government said a dead bird found in New Territories tested positive for the H5N1 avian flu virus, the second case in a week.

The carcass of the Oriental magpie robin, a common resident bird in Hong Kong, was found at Tin Shui Wai on Dec. 17, the government said.
The government added it will continue to conduct inspections of poultry farms to ensure that precautions against avian flu have been implemented.

On Wednesday, Hong Kong health authorities culled all 17,000 live poultry in a wholesale market after a dead chicken there tested positive for H5N1, the first new case since 2008.

The city's government has raised the alert level regarding the virus to "serious" from "alert," and suspended live poultry imports for three weeks.

Hong Kong has occasionally detected bird flu in poultry, but there have been no major outbreaks since 1997, when the virus killed six people and led to the slaughter of 1.5 million birds in the territory.


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