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Wild Bird Found Dead with H5N1

19 December 2011, at 12:50am

HONG KONG - A seagull found dead at Yuen Long on 13 December has tested positive for H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated today, 19 December to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

A black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) was collected on 13 December 2011 at 7 Tai Yuk Road, Yuen Long. Black-headed gulls are common winter visitor to Hong Kong.

The report adds that an intensive surveillance system is in place for all poultry farms, poultry markets, pet bird shops in Hong Kong. The H5N1 infected wild bird was detected in the framework of the ongoing surveillance program on wild birds. No spread of disease was evident. As this was a wild bird case, the date of event ended is the same as the date the bird was found, i.e. 13 December 2011.

The presence of the H5N1 sub-type of the HPAI virus in the bird has been confirmed.

Further Reading

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