HPAI Identified in One Oriental Magpie Robin16 April 2012
HONG KONG - The Hong Kong veterinary authorities have reported another case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in an Oriental Magpie Robin in Hung Hom.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received Follow-up Report No. Friday, 13 April.
An Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) was collected on 4 April 2012 at Hung Hom. The Oriental Magpie Robin is a common local resident in Hong Kong.
An intensive surveillance system is in place for all poultry farms, poultry markets and pet bird shops in Hong Kong. The H5N1 infected wild birds and goose carcass from unknown source were detected in ongoing surveillance programme on wild birds. The dates of the outbreaks are the same as the dates the birds were collected (i.e. 17 December 2011, 30 December 2011, 1 January 2012, 12 January 2012, 20 January 2012 , 30 January 2012 , 6 February 2012, 7 February 2012, 8 February 2012, 24 February 2012, 25 February 2012, 27 February 2012, 2 March 2012, 3 March 2012, 12 March 2012, 15 March 2012 and 4 April 2012 respectively).
A total of 19,451 poultry, including 15,569 chickens, 810 pigeons, 1,950 pheasants and 1,122 silky fowls were culled in the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market on 21 December 2011. The Wholesale Poultry Market was closed. Live poultry and movement of poultry in local farms is banned for 21 days.
Surveillance and monitoring of local chicken farms has been stepped up. No H5 virus was detected in samples taken from the 30 chicken farms in Hong Kong. The Wholesale Poultry Market was reopened on 12 January 2012.
The source of the outbreak remains unknown.
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