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Common Magpie tested for H5 virus

    Preliminary testing of a Common Magpie found dead in Southern District has indicated a suspected case of H5 avian influenza, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (February 25), adding that further confirmatory tests are being conducted.

     The carcass was collected by AFCD staff on Island Road following a public referral on February 24.

     Members of the public are reminded to observe good personal hygiene. They should avoid personal contact with wild birds and live poultry and clean their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with them.

Ends/Saturday, February 25, 2006
Issued at HKT 20:20