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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hong Kong : Peregrine falcon and black-headed gull 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 (February 3) that a dead peregrine falcon found in Tung Chung and a dead black-headed gull found in Yuen Long were confirmed to be H5N1 positive after a series of laboratory tests.

The dead peregrine falcon was found in the park of Seaview Crescent, Man Tung Road, Tung Chung, on January 30 and the dead black-headed gull was collected at Chun Yin Square Playground, Yuen Long, on the same day.

Peregrine falcons are rare winter visitors to Hong Kong, while the black-headed gull is a common 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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