Saturday, March 08, 2008

Dead bird found in HK tests positive for H5N1

HONG KONG, March 8 (Xinhua)—An oriental magpie robin found dead earlier in Hong Kong has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said in a press release Friday.

“An oriental magpie robin was confirmed to be H5N1 positive after a series of laboratory tests,” said the Department.

The dead bird was collected on Feb. 29 near a management center in Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve in the northern district of New Territories, a government spokesman said, adding that the oriental magpie robin is a common resident in Hong Kong.

Bird flu story source: Xinhua

Posted by john T. on 03/08 at 01:17 PM
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