June 9, 2008

Hong Kong bans poultry imports from China due to bird flu

Hong Kong health authorities closed down a poultry market and banned live poultry imports from China after H5N1 virus was found in the marketplace.


Five of the 20 egested materials collected from hen-coops in the marketplace were found to be infected with H5N1.


Dr. York Chow, secretary for Food and Health, said his department had begun slaughtering about 2,700 chickens in the market.


Chow said they are still investigating on the source of the H5N1 virus infections and that live poultry imports from China will be suspended for about 21 days.