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Oriental Magpie Robin tests positive for H5N1 virus

     The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said today (January 4) that an Oriental Magpie Robin found in Hok Tau, Pat Sin Leng was confirmed to be H5N1 positive after a series of laboratory tests.

     The bird carcass was found and collected on December 29 near the Hok Tau Management Centre in Pat Sin Leng Country Park. The Oriental Magpie Robin is a common resident bird in Hong Kong.

     A department spokesman reminded people to observe good personal hygiene.

     "They should avoid personal contact with wild birds or live poultry and clean their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with them," he said.

Ends/Monday, January 4, 2010
Issued at HKT 11:23


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