Hong Kong on higher alert as 7-year-old girl tested for H7N9 bird flu
Starting on Saturday, the Department of Health will deploy staff from the Auxiliary Medical Services and the Civil Aid Service and Health Surveillance Assistants to all immigration control points in Hong Kong to conduct random temperature checks on travelers, using hand-held temperature devices.
He said the department would implement the health declaration arrangement at all control points.
Tests will be conducted on imported chickens at the Man Kam To boundary checkpoint next week to ensure the birds are virus-free. If infected birds are found, the Hong Kong government will consider culling all poultry and suspending mainland poultry imports.
Other measures include enhancing the inspection and cleaning of poultry wholesale markets, public markets and streets.
Ko added that the Hong Kong Hospital Authority has 38 million surgical masks and 1.4 million N95 masks, which is sufficient for all medical staff for three months.