Thursday, Sep 18, 2014Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
News
 

Hong Kong to cull 20,000 chickens after H7N9 found

Published on Jan 27, 2014 10:20 PM
 
Officials test poultry at the border with mainland China in Hong Kong as part of measures against the spread of the deadly H7N9 bird flu. Hong Kong will cull approximately 20,000 chickens after discovering the H7N9 avian influenza virus in a batch of poultry imported from mainland China, authorities said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong will cull approximately 20,000 chickens after discovering the H7N9 avian influenza virus in a batch of poultry imported from mainland China, authorities said on Monday.

The positive reading came just days after the southern Chinese city introduced widespread testing of imported live poultry following growing public concern over the safety of imports, particularly from the mainland.

Two people have died from the human form of the virus in Hong Kong since the first infection was publicly reported in December.

On Friday, the city introduced a serological test for H7 avian influenza in live poultry and soon discovered a batch that tested positive for the virus.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here