Infectious Diseases 2008

Infectious Diseases 2008

Hong Kong: Avian Influenza threat widens

Hong Kong 13 June, 2008 China’s Hong Kong moved to stop what could be its biggest threat from bird flu since 1997, after chickens from three more wet markets in different districts tested positive for the H5N1 virus on June 11.
Some 3,500 chickens have been culled from 260 stalls, all 64 wet markets have been shut, and chickens products at 209 fresh provision shops were seized.
According to Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the new positive samples were found in Leun Wo Hui market in Fanling, Wan Oi Street market in Tuen Mun, Ap Lei Chau market and also at the Po On Road market in Sham Shui Po, where positive samples were found on June 7.
A 21-day ban on imports of fresh mainland poultry and birds from local farms to the central Cheung Sha Wan wholesalers, imposed on June 7, might be further extended.