January 20, 2006


Hong Kong's poultry farms unaffected by bird flu



A Hong Kong official said Thursday that there are no signs of bird flu at poultry farms there.


The statement was made following the discovery of a dead oriental magpie robin that tested positive for the deadly H5N1 virus - the first such case in about a year.


The bird was found Jan 10 at a village near the border with mainland China and laboratory tests confirmed that it had the H5N1 virus, said Dr. Thomas Sit, acting director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation.


"So far, our staff has patrolled all the poultry farms in Hong Kong and have found no abnormal signs of bird flu," Sit said.