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.
The veterinary authority sent an Immediate notification dated 2 January to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) regarding the confirmation of the H7N9 variant of the low-pathogenic avian influenza virus in poultry at a market.
A consignment of 18,962 imported birds at a market at 4 Hing Wah Street in Cheung Sha Wan tested positive for the virus during routine surveillance on 30 December 2014.
The report adds that intensive surveillance system is in place for all imported poultry, wild birds, local poultry farms, poultry markets and pet bird shops. An imported consignment containing 1,200 chickens was tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza virus (H7N9) during the routine surveillance programme. A total of 18,962 poultry, including 11,800 chickens, 3,140 silky chickens, 1,025 chukars and 2,997 pigeons were culled on 31 December 2014.
Importation of live poultry has been banned for 21 days.
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