Confirmed avian flu testing prompts action from Hong Kong Government

By Ashley Williams contact

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A crested myna was found dead last week at Kun Lung Wai in Fanling
A crested myna was found dead last week at Kun Lung Wai in Fanling
The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has notified poultry farmers to strengthen precautionary and biosecurity measures against avian influenza.

Following a crested myna’s carcase being found and collected at Kun Lung Wai in Fanling last week, laboratory tests confirmed positive reading of the H5N6 avian influenza virus in the bird.

Letters have been issued to pet bird shop owners and licence holders of pet poultry and racing pigeons, reminding them that proper precautions must be taken.

A spokesperson for the department said no chicken farms were within 3km of the dead bird.

People should avoid personal contact with wild birds and live poultry and their droppings​,” said the spokesman. “They should clean their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with them. The public can call 1823 for follow-up if they come across suspicious, sick or dead birds, including the carcases of wild birds and poultry​.”

Other measures taking place to combat the disease include Hong Kong police and the Customs and Excise Department deterring the illegal import of poultry and birds into the country to minimise the risk of avian influenza outbreaks. The Department of Health will also continue with its health education to remind the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene.

Another subtype of avian influenza, H5N8, infected livestock in Saudi Arabia’s​ Kharj Governorate region last week, with 171 birds testing positive for the disease. Saudi authorities took the decision to cull as many as 254,050 birds to prevent further spreading of the flu.

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