Hong Kong to cull 80,000 chickens after H5 outbreak
sheshank | December 10, 2008 at 12:20 amby
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Hong Kong health authorities raised the city's avian flu alert to "serious" on Tuesday after some chickens at a farm were confirmed to have the H5 birdflu virus, prompting the cull of 80,000 chickens.
The H5 birdflu strain is a low pathogenic avian influenza. Experts fear the more deadly H5N1 strain, which remains mainly an animal disease but has infected humans, could mutate to a form that spreads easily among people.
Hong Kong health authorities did not rule out the possibility the virus might be H5N1, pending further tests.
The city's Health Secretary York Chow said the affected farm was in Hong Kong's northeastern Yuen Long district near the border with China, which reported the unusual deaths of 60 chickens on Monday.
"After a series of tests, we have confirmed this morning that the chickens died from the H5 virus," Chow told reporters, adding three dead chickens were tested and 20 feces samples were taken.
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