February 3, 2006


Hong Kong closes poultry farms due to bird flu



Hong Kong authorities have closed poultry farms and a nature reserve after detecting the bird flu virus in a wild bird and a chicken smuggled in from mainland China.


Three people have also been isolated in a hospital after eating the smuggled chicken.


Officials have ordered all households within five kilometres of the affected village in the Shataukok border area to surrender their chickens for culling. They are also checking if an outbreak is spreading among poultry there.


This is the first time Hong Kong has discovered the disease in a chicken, a staple of local cuisine, although it has detected bird flu in dead wild birds recently.