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Three birds tested positive for H5N1 virus

    The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (February 27) that three earlier suspected cases were confirmed to be H5N1 positive after a series of laboratory tests.

     The cases involve a dead House Crow collected on Lai On Estate on February 20, a dead House Crow collected on Tai Hang Tung Estate on February 23, and a dead Common Magpie collected on Island Road on February 24.

     A department spokesman reminded people 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," he said.

Ends/Monday, February 27, 2006
Issued at HKT 20:12