Biological Hazard – Asia – China

EDIS Number: BH-20120301-34357-CHN
Date / time: 01/03/2012 04:16:28 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions
Location: Hong Kong [Cheung Chau]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


A dead oriental magpie robin, which was found in Cheung Chau, has tested positive for the H5 bird flu virus in preliminary checks, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said yesterday. This is the second bird of the species found with the H5 virus on the island within two days this month. In the latest incident, the robin, which is common to Hong Kong, was found and collected at Hok Loo Lane. The department is now conducting further confirmatory tests to check if the virus is the deadly H5N1. A dead oriental magpie robin was found on the rooftop of a building on Hing Lung Back Street in Cheung Chau on Saturday. Testing also revealed H5 and confirmatory test results are pending. "It is not a huge surprise that the two birds of the same species were found dead in Cheung Chau within two days, especially in winter," said Billy Hau Chi-hang, University of Hong Kong assistant professor in biodiversity and conservation. "One bird may come in contact with another which has already contracted the H5 avian influenza virus." The department also announced on Tuesday that a crested goshawk, which is not common to Hong Kong, also tested positive for H5. It was found at Diocesan Boys' School in Argyle Street, Mong Kok, on Friday. Seven dead birds were confirmed with bird flu H5N1 in January and February this year. The department has stepped up disinfection and cleansing work.

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