More Dead Birds Found on Lantau

by 5m Editor
3 February 2009, at 7:42am

HONG KONG - The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department will enhance inspections on backyard poultry keeping after nine more bird carcasses were found in Sham Wat Wan and Sha Lo Wan on Lantau Island yesterday.

Acting Deputy Director of Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Liu Kwei-kin today said the carcasses include a goose, five chickens, a duck and two unidentified birds. Tests will be conducted to see if they have the H5 avian influenza virus.

As there are no poultry farms in the area, department staff will inspect nearby beaches and villages to see if any backyard poultry are being kept in the area.

The checks in northern Lantau will be completed in two days and the department will then expand inspections citywide.

The department will also conduct a study on water currents and weather to see if the carcasses were washed ashore. It will exchange the information with Mainland authorities.

Further Reading

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