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House crow tests positive for H5N1 virus

     A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (March 22) that the carcass of a house crow found in Shek Kip Mei last week was confirmed to be H5N1-positive after a series of laboratory tests.

     The dead bird was found and collected at a planter next to a petrol filling station, outside Tai Hang Tung Recreation Ground, Shek Kip Mei, on March 15.

     The AFCD will continue to conduct inspections of poultry farms to ensure that proper precautions against avian influenza have been implemented.

     The 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, March 22, 2012
Issued at HKT 14:33


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