Dead wild bird in Hong Kong tests positive
The government has confirmed that a dead
wild bird has tested positive for fatal H5N1 strain of bird flu. The bird was
found in Hong Kong's busy shopping area of Causeway Bay on 31 December.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong said on
Saturday, January 6, that this bird - a local species called the scaly-breasted
- was the only one of six dead birds found that tested
positive for the deadly bird flu
Hong Kong was the scene of the world's first reported major bird flu
outbreak among humans in 1997. Six people died of the then unknown mutation
of the avian flu virus. Millions of poultry were culled.
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