December 27, 2010


Chicken carcass in Hong Kong tests positive for H5N1 virus



A chicken carcass found on a Hong Kong Island was confirmed to be H5N1 positive after laboratory testing, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said on December 24.


The highly decomposed chicken carcass was found and collected on December 18 on the seashore at Sha Lo Wan, Lantau.


The spokesman said the AFCD would continue to monitor the situation and conduct inspections of the seashore and its vicinity.


Members of the public are reminded to observe good personal hygiene. They should avoid personal contact with wild birds and live poultry and their droppings. They should clean their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with them. Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before consumption.