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Hong Kong extends ban on live poultry imports from China

Published on Feb 18, 2014 8:08 PM
 
This photo taken on on February 17, 2014 shows chickens at a poultry market that has been closed due to the risk of spreading the H7N9 bird flu virus in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Hong Kong officials said on Tuesday they were extending for four months a ban on live poultry imports from mainland China to guard against the potentially deadly H7N9 avian flu. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong officials said on Tuesday they were extending for four months a ban on live poultry imports from mainland China to guard against the potentially deadly H7N9 avian flu.

The city imposed a 21-day ban in January and culled some 20,000 chickens after the virus was found in one batch of imported chickens.

Health minister Ko Wing-man told reporters there are plans to set up a facility where imported poultry can be quarantined to ensure they are disease-free before being sent to market.

After four months, "we will liaise with mainland authorities about the supply of live poultry to Hong Kong", he said.

 
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