HK revises Mainland poultry supply ban period

HONG KONG - Hong Kong has revised the ban of suspension period of the Chinese mainland live poultry supply from 21 days to 14 days once a human bird flu case is confirmed, Hong Kong Health, Welfare and Food Bureau said yesterday.

Members of the Center for Health Protection Scientific Committee on Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases of Hong Kong discussed the issue Friday and agreed that if human bird flu cases are detected in the neighboring Guangdong Province again and no bird flu outbreak is seen in the poultry population, the general suspension period of mainland live poultry supply can be cut to 14 days.

The bureau previously imposed a 21-day suspension period after a human bird flu case is found in Guangdong.

This practice drew reference from the World Organization for Animal Health's Terrestrial Animal Health Code, in which 21 days referred to the incubation period if bird flu is found among poultry.

Source: EastDay
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