Thursday, January 23, 2014

Imported poultry up for serum test in hunt for #H7N9

From The Standard
Mainland poultry imports will be tested for H7N9 bird flu using the more effective "serology" test starting tomorrow, the food and health chief said.
Serological testing involves studying blood serum for antibodies.

But Ko Wing-man did not say whether imports will be halted if any poultry tests positive for the virus, which has so far infected 211 people in the mainland and three in Hong Kong.

Ko said 30 samples from each batch of mainland poultry will be tested and if any tests positive for H7N9, the sample size will be increased by an additional 120 and DNA tests carried out.


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