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Dead bird renews fears of HK avian influenza

A DEAD wild bird was suspected of having an H5 strain of bird flu after it was found in Hong Kong, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong said yesterday.

The carcass of a crested myna was found at Shau Tau, on the island of Tung Ping Chau, on Thursday and further confirmatory tests were being conducted. The spokesman said there were no poultry farms within 3 kilometers of where the dead bird was found.

"In view of the recent cases of H5N1 found in poultry and wild bird carcasses, the AFCD has reminded poultry farmers to strengthen precautionary and biosecurity measures against avian influenza. Pet bird shop owners and license holders of pet poultry and racing pigeons have also been reminded to take precautions," the spokesman said.

According to AFCD's Website, there have been 12 confirmed H5N1 cases since January 29, with nine cases resulting from tests on birds collected along the western coastline of Hong Kong.


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