Barn swallow tests positive for H5N1 virus

     The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said today (April 1) that a barn swallow found in Yuen Long was confirmed to be H5N1 positive after a series of laboratory tests.

     The bird carcass was collected on March 26 at the Mai Po Section of Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long. Barn swallows usually visit Hong Kong in spring and summer.

     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/Thursday, April 1, 2010
Issued at HKT 11:31