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Oriental magpie robin tests positive for H5N6 virus

     The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (November 23) that the carcass of an oriental magpie robin found in Kwai Chung was confirmed to be H5N6 positive after a series of laboratory tests.

     The dead bird was found and collected on the second floor staircase of Wing Yiu House, Lai Yiu Estate, Kwai Chung, on November 17.

     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/Monday, November 23, 2015
Issued at HKT 12:05


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