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Two Wild Birds Found with H5N1 in Hong Kong

by 5m Editor
24 January 2011, at 10:13am

HONG KONG - The country's veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on Friday, 21 January.

According to the report, an Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) was collected on 17 January 2011 at the Fairview Park. Oriental Magpie Robin is a common and widespread resident in Hong Kong.

A total of two cases were identified.

An intensive surveillance system is in place for all poultry farms, poultry markets, pet bird shops and wild birds in Hong Kong. The H5N1-infected wild birds were detected in our ongoing surveillance programme on wild birds. No spread of disease was evident. As this report concerns wild birds, the dates of end of the outbreaks are the same as the dates on which the birds were found (17 and 18 January 2011, respectively).

The source of the outbreaks remain inconclusive.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.