Hong Kong authorities cull 20,000 birds in avian flu measures

Related tags Influenza a virus subtype h5n1 Avian influenza

Hong Kong authorities have culled nearly 20,000 birds over the last few weeks after the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was found in a chicken carcass.

The culling operations, which were completed by staff from the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), resulted in the cull of the 19,451 birds.

The cull, which took place at the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market, involved the slaughter of 15,569 chickens, 1,122 silky fowls, 1,950 pheasants and 810 pigeons.

It is unclear whether the infected bird, which was found at a wholesale market, came from a local farm or was imported.

The market, which will be closed until 12 January 2012, was then cleaned and disinfected.

“AFCD has inspected all 30 chicken farms in Hong Kong and no abnormality has been detected so far,” ​said an AFCD statement.

“Test results available today showed that the samples collected from chicken farms were free of avian influenza virus.”

“AFCD will continue to conduct testing,”​ added the announcement.

Related topics Food safety

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