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Hong Kong Reports HPAI Cases in Wild Birds

by 5m Editor
6 February 2012, at 6:32am

HONG KONG - Dr Thomas Sit, Chief Veterinary Officer and Assistant Director (Inspection & Quarantine) from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong has reported more cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 6 on Friday, 3 February.

According to the report, a peregrine falcon was collected on 30 January 2012 at Tung Chung. The peregrine falcon is a rare winter visitor in Hong Kong.

On the same date, a black-headed gull was collected at Yuen Long. The black-headed gull is a common winter visitor in Hong Kong.

Both birds were found dead. An intensive surveillance system is in place for all poultry farms, poultry markets and pet bird shops in Hong Kong. The H5N1 infected wild birds and goose carcass from unknown source were detected in ongoing surveillance programme on wild birds. The dates of the outbreaks are the same as the dates the birds were collected (i.e. 17 December 2011, 30 December 2011, 1 January 2012, 12 January 2012, 20 January 2012 and 30 January 2012 respectively).

A total of 19,451 poultry, including 15,569 chickens, 810 pigeons, 1,950 pheasants and 1,122 silky fowls were culled in the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market on 21 December 2011. The Wholesale Poultry Market was closed. Importation of live poultry and movement of poultry in local farms is banned for 21 days.

Surveillance and monitoring of local chicken farms has been stepped up. No H5 virus was detected in samples taken from the 30 chicken farms in Hong Kong. The Wholesale Poultry Market was reopened on 12 January 2012.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.