June 12, 2008


Hong Kong to cull all live poultry after bird flu outbreak


Hong Kong authorities said Wednesday (June 11, 2008) that all live poultry in markets and shops around the city would be slaughtered after a confirmed bird flu outbreak.


Cheung Siu-hing, director of the agriculture, fisheries and conservation department, announced that all wet market stores and fresh food stores selling live poultry are now infected areas.


The announcement came after bird flu virus was detected in chickens in three more markets across the city.


Cheung said that chickens at 470 stores across the city would be killed. Local broadcaster RTHK said around 3,500 birds will be slaughtered.


Hong Kong authorities also suspended live poultry imports from mainland China.