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Friday, January 6, 2012

Hong Kong : Black-headed gulls test positive for H5N1 virus

Press release from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (January 6) that two dead black-headed gulls found in Tuen Mun and Lantau were confirmed to be H5N1 positive after a series of laboratory tests.

The first gull was collected at EcoPark, 133 Lung Mun Road, Tuen Mun, on December 30, 2011, while the second gull was found at a drain near Sha Lo Wan Soccer Pitch, Lantau, on January 1.

The black-headed gull is a common winter visitor.

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

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