Hong Kong to cull 20,000 chickens after H7N9 found
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.