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Hong Kong Reports HPAI H5N1 Outbreak

30 January 2013

HONG KONG - The Chinese veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a black-headed gull or Larus ridibundus(Laridae).

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on 29 January.

According to the report, a black-headed gull was collected on 25 January 2013 at Mouse Island children’s playground, Hoi Wing Road, Tuen Mun. The black-headed gull is a common winter visitor in Hong Kong.

The source of the outbreak has not yet been determined.

An intensive surveillance system is in place for all poultry farms, poultry markets and pet bird shops in Hong Kong.

The H5N1 infected wild bird was detected in our ongoing surveillance program on wild birds.

No spread of disease was evident.

The date of closure of the event is the date of end of the outbreak which is the date the bird was found (i.e. 25 January 2013).

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