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Hong Kong's Test On Dead Bird Proved Positive For H5N1 Virus

by VR Sreeraman on  February 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM Bird Flu News   - G J E 4
Hong Kong authorities said Friday that a dead bird found in the southern Chinese territory had tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus.
 Hong Kong's Test On Dead Bird Proved Positive For H5N1 Virus
Hong Kong's Test On Dead Bird Proved Positive For H5N1 Virus
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The government said laboratory tests had confirmed that the Crested Myna found on an island in the territory on February 12 carried the deadly strain.

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Hong Kong was the scene of the world's first reported major H5N1 bird flu outbreak among humans in 1997, when six people died.

At least 11 wild birds found in different parts of the territory have tested positive in recent weeks for the H5N1 strain of the virus, which can be fatal to humans.

In December, authorities found H5N1 in a chicken at a poultry farm in Hong Kong, prompting the slaughter of more than 90,000 birds.

Around 250 people have died of the human form of avian flu since 2003, according to the World Health Organisation.

Most had close contact with sick birds, but scientists fear the virus could one day mutate into a form that would spread rapidly among humans, causing a pandemic.

Source: AFP
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