Macau culls 7,500 chicken over bird flu scare
Published on Mar 13, 2014 7:08 PM
HONG KONG (AFP) - Macau culled 7,500 chicken after discovering the H7-type avian influenza in live poultry for the first time in the city, authorities said on Thursday, adding the birds had been imported from mainland China.
The decision to slaughter the chickens comes after Hong Kong's cull of around 20,000 chicken in January, after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus was found in poultry also imported from China.
Macau authorities discovered a positive H7 sample in a batch of poultry imported from the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai on Wednesday.
"To ensure public health, authorities have decided to take decisive action and ordered the emergency measures of culling, sealing off and disinfection," a government statement released Thursday said.
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