August 23, 2012


Hong Kong to introduce new vaccine for poultry



Hong Kong will introduce a new poultry vaccine, Re-6, to domestic chicken farms.


The city's Secretary for Food & Health, Ko Wing-man said Re-6 is more effective in preventing avian flu, H5N1 than the existing which has been introduced on the Mainland and successfully registered in Hong Kong.


The city's government will communicate with the Mainland authorities to learn more about the use of the new vaccine and discuss arrangements for supply to Hong Kong.


He hopes to introduce the new vaccine for use in local poultry farms before the end of this year.


He added the government has been adopting comprehensive preventive and surveillance measures, including vaccination at local farms, import control, and stringent hygiene requirements at wholesale and retail markets to prevent avian influenza outbreak.


It will step up surveillance before the coming winter season, and surprise inspections will be conducted in local poultry farms and pet bird shops.