Monday, January 27, 2014

Hong Kong to cull 20,000 chickens after #H7N9 found

Hong Kong will cull approximately 20,000 chickens after discovering the H7N9 avian influenza virus in a batch of poultry imported from mainland China, authorities said on Monday.

On Friday, the city introduced a serological test for H7 avian influenza in live poultry and soon discovered a batch that tested positive for the virus.
"A government department has confirmed that the sample chicken from the chicken imported from the mainland tested positive for H7N9 avian influenza virus," Hong Kong health minister Ko Wing-man told reporters late Monday.
"All the poultry in the wholesale market will be destroyed tomorrow morning... the total number of chickens concerned amounts to 20,000," Ko said, declaring the market to be an "infected place".
The government's decision comes less than a week before Lunar New Year, which starts on Friday, when live chicken is a popular dish at banquets and family gatherings.
"Because we have to close the wholesale poultry market... for the next 21 days, there will be no supply of live chicken," Ko said, suggesting that residents eat frozen chicken instead.
The market in the Cheung Sha Wan region of the city, which holds imported poultry into the city until cleared of infection, will be closed for disinfection.


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