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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News HK Suspends Poultry Meat Imports from Parts of Korea
HONG KONG - Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety (CFS) suspended importing poultry meat and products with immediate effect from Jeollabuk-do Province, Gyeongsangnam-do Province and Daegu Metropolitan City in South Korea, it said here on Tuesday.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Monday, September 18, 2017
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News HK Bans Poultry Meat, Egg Imports from Italian Province
HONG KONG - The food safety authority of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) announced on Monday a ban on the import of poultry meat and eggs from a province of Italy.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News HK Bans Imports of Congolese Poultry Meat, Products
HONG KONG - The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of high pathogenic H5 avian influenza in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the country with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News HK Poultry Sellers Call for Financial Help to Fight Bird Flu Threat
HONG KONG - Hong Kong poultry sellers have called for financial support from the government to introduce better facilities to separate consumers and live chickens in wet markets amid the threat of bird flu.
South China Morning Post
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Hong Kong Suspends Live Poultry Trade After H7N9 Bird Flu Finding
HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government has decided to suspend live poultry trade after H7N9 bird flu was detected by spot check at a local street market.
ThePoultrySite
Friday, January 08, 2016
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Found in Hong Kong Wild Bird
HONG KONG - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been discovered in Hong Kong's Diamond Hill area.
ThePoultrySite
Friday, November 20, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Dead Robin Tests Positive for H5 Bird Flu Virus in Hong Kong
HONG KONG - Preliminary testing of an Oriental magpie robin (pictured above) found in Kwai Chung has returned a positive result for the H5 avian influenza virus, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has said.
ThePoultrySite
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Hong Kong Bans Some Poultry Imports from South Dakota
HONG KONG - Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry meat and products from Moody County in South Dakota, US, after incidents of avian influenza there.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Wild Bird in Hong Kong Tests Positive for H5N6 Flu Virus
HONG KONG - The veterinary authority has reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that a wild bird has tested positive for the H5N6 variant of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. The bird, an Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis; Muscicapidae) was found on 29 April as part of a programme of intensified surveillance for the bird flu virus.
OIE
Friday, April 24, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Study Identifies Gene Tied to Severe 2009 H1N1, H7N9 Infection
HONG KONG - Researchers have pinpointed a human gene that is associated with severe disease in 2009 H1N1 (pH1N1) flu and also with contracting H7N9 influenza.
CIDRAP
Friday, April 17, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Hong Kong Reports H5N6 Flu Virus in Wild Bird
HONG KONG - On 10 April at a construction site in Yuen Long, a peregrin falcon (Falco peregrinus; Falconidae) was found dead. It has tested positive for the H5N6 variant of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. Surveillance has been intensified at all poultry farms, poultry markets and pet bird shops in Hong Kong.
OIE
Monday, March 02, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Human Infection with Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus – China
HONG KONG - On 23 February 2015, the Department of Health, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), China notified WHO of one additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
Details of the case are as follows: a 61-year-old man from Hong Kong SAR developed symptoms on 16 February, consulted a private doctor on the same day and was admitted to hospital on 20 February. He had travelled to Zhangmutou, Dongguan, Guangdong, from 6 to 8 February and from 14 to 15 February. He visited a wet market on 14 February and bought two slaughtered chickens. Based on the available information, it is considered that the patient was infected outside Hong Kong. Xinhua reports that the patient died on 1 March, the first H7N9-related death in Hong Kong.
WHO
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Human Infection with Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus – China
HONG KONG - On 23 January 2015, the Department of Health, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region notified WHO of one additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. The patient is a 79-year-old man who developed symptoms on 19 January and was admitted to hospital, where he is in a stable condition. Based on information available thus far, it is considered that the patient was infected outside Hong Kong. Initial epidemiological investigations revealed that he travelled to Zhangmutou, Dongguan, Guangdong on 5 January. During his travels, the patient visited a wet market with live poultry stalls but had no direct contact with poultry. He returned to Hong Kong on 19 January.
World Health Organization
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Hong Kong Poultry Market Reopens
HONG KONG - Surveillance and monitoring of local chicken farms have been stepped up but no H7 viruses were detected in samples taken from the local chicken farms in Hong Kong. The Cheung Sha Wan wholesale poultry market resumed trading on 22 January 2015.
OIE
Monday, January 12, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Local Poultry Selling Well at Hong Kong Markets
HONG KONG - With imports from China stopped on fears of avian flu, sales of chickens reared in the local area are selling well as markets in Hong Kong.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Infection Control Preparedness Measures Control Avian Flu in Hong Kong Hospital
HONG KONG - A proactive infection prevention plan implemented widely in a Hong Kong healthcare system was a significant factor preventing the spread of influenza strain A H7N9, otherwise known as avian flu. The study was published in the January issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).
Eureka Alert
Sunday, January 04, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Avian Flu-positive Poultry Culled at Hong Kong Market
HONG KONG - Almost 19,000 poultry - including chickens, partridges and pigeons - have been culled after testing positive for the H7N9 low-pathogenic avian flu virus.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Friday, January 02, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Hong Kong Poultry Wholesalers Threaten Boycott after Bird Flu Cull
HONG KONG - Wholesalers may stop sales in protest at temporary delivery arrangements they claim 'will not work' after a second virus scare of the year.
The dispute broke out as health officials carried out the grim task of culling all 19,000 birds at Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market, the second mass cull of the year. The cull, along with a three-week ban on imports, was announced in a dramatic 1.30am press conference by health minister Dr Ko Wing-man, after samples from a farm in Huizhou, Guangdong, tested positive for the deadly H7N9 strain of the virus.
All trade in live chickens will be halted for several days as health officials inspect local farms, although no cases of bird flu have been found in locally bred chickens so far.
South China Morning Post
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Poultry Culled in Hong Kong after Bird Flu Virus Detected
HONG KONG - Around 15,000 birds have been culled after the H7N9 bird flu virus was detected at a market, and poultry imports from mainland China have been halted.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Hong Kong on Alert for H7N9 Avian Flu Virus
HONG KONG - Hong Kong hospitals raised alert levels yesterday as a woman diagnosed with the deadly H7N9 avian flu virus was in a critical condition.
The 68-year-old woman was admitted to hospital on 25 December after returning from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen almost two weeks earlier, although it has not been confirmed where or how she contracted the virus.
Shanghai Daily
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Avian Influenza

(aka bird flu, avian flu) is caused by a type of influenza virus that is hosted by birds, but may infect several species of mammals. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now known to exist worldwide. A strain of the H5N1-type of avian influenza virus that emerged in 1997 has been identified as the most likely source of a future influenza pandemic.Strains of avian influenza virus may infect various types of animals, including birds, pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. However, wild fowl act as natural asymptomatic carriers, spreading it to more susceptible domestic stocks.

Diagnosis
How to Recognise Avian Influenza
What to look for
  • Ruffled feathers
  • Soft-shelled eggs
  • Depression and droopiness
  • Sudden drop in egg production
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cyanosis (purplish-blue coloring) of wattles and comb
  • Edema and swelling of head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
  • Green diarrhoea
  • Blood-tinged discharge from nostrils
  • Incoordination, including loss of ability to walk and stand
  • Pin-point hemorrhages (most easily seen on the feet and shanks)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Increased death losses in a flock
  • Sudden death
  • Nasal discharges
For more detail in avian influenza in poultry click here
Poultry Vaccination

Poultry Vaccination as a strategy for controlling AI in commercial birds

Outbreaks of avian influenza in the poultry industry cause devastating economic losses and is generally controlled through extensive culling of infected birds. Alternative strategies also use vaccination as a supplementary control measure during avian influenza outbreaks.

.Advantages of Vaccination
  • Vaccination reduces susceptibility to infection.
  • A higher dose of virus is necessary to infect the vaccinated birds.
  • Vaccinated birds shed less virus.
    - Decreased contamination of the environment.
    - Decreased risk of human infection
  • Used strategically vaccination compliments a stamping out strategy by slowing/stopping the spread of the virus
For more information on poultry vaccination see:
Biosecurity

Avian Influenza (Fowl Plague) is a potentially devastating disease, predominantly of chickens and turkeys, although the virus can also affect game birds (pheasants, partridge and quail), ratites (ostrich and emu), psittacine and passerine birds.

Avian Influenza is caused by an orthomyxovirus, or influenza virus and can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds are infected through contact with other birds, mechanical vectors such as vehicles and equipment and personnel travelling between farms, markets and abattoirs.

Precautionary requirements include cleaning and disinfection of premises and the establishment of a Biosecurity barrier to help prevent spread of disease is essential.

For more information on biosecurity see the links below

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