Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Hong Kong Bird Reserve Closed After H5N1 Case

Hong Kong 17 December, 2007 Wild heron in Hong Kong has tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, prompting authorities to close a bird reserve on the border with China.
The grey heron, a migratory species, was found sick on December 5 near the reserve. It later died and tests confirmed it was infected with the H5N1 avian influenza. As a precautionary measure, the Mai Po Nature Reserve will be temporarily closed to visitors for 21 days.
Mai Po and its lush wetlands straddling the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, have for decades been an important wintering point for tens of thousands of waterbirds.