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Hong Kong culls 15,000 H7 birds.

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Hong Kong begins culling 15,000 chickens after finding H7 bird flu By Reuters Updated Wednesday, December 31st 2014 at 12:25 GMT +3 Share this story: Hong Kong began culling 15,000 chickens on Wednesday and suspended imports of live poultry from mainland China for 21 days after the H7 bird flu strain was discovered in a batch of live chickens from the southern province of Guangdong. Authorities also ordered the closure of the wholesale poultry market, where the virus was discovered, for 21 days for cleaning and disinfection. The chickens infected with the H7 avian flu were imported from a farm in Huizhou city across the border from Hong Kong, said the Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man. The Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department is culling all live poultry in the Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market, which is assigned to keep only imported poultry. Hong Kong authorities usually cull birds by suffocating them in black bags filled with carbon dioxide. "The department will conduct inspections as well as collect additional samples from all the 29 registered live chicken farms in Hong Kong to ensure that they are not affected by H7 influenza," Ko said. See also: Chinese leadership offers support for Hong Kong leader Hong Kong confirmed its first case of deadly bird flu this winter at the weekend after a woman fell critically ill with the H7N9 strain of bird flu. It was suspected she caught the disease in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, where she recently visited and consumed chicken. The city's authorities had culled 20,000 poultry in January this year when birds imported from the mainland were found to have the H7N9 strain. China has had a problem with bird flu for several years, and new infections tend to crop up in the winter months. The Xinhua state news agency said six people in the eastern province of Zhejiang had contracted the H7N9 bird flu strain this winter, one of whom had died. Shanghai and the southeastern province of Fujian have also reported cases, the news agency added. The H7N9 virus passes between birds, but there is not enough evidence to prove that it passes between humans, according to the World Health Organisation.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:55 am 
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Hong Kong destroys poultry from China after bird flu found at market
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Live chickens are seen in a cage as the health workers start culling all chickens at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. (AP / Kin Cheung)


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Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014 7:34AM EST
HONG KONG -- Authorities in Hong Kong began destroying 15,000 chickens at a poultry market Wednesday and suspended imports from mainland China after some birds were found to be infected with bird flu.
The market in Cheung Sha Wan in the Kowloon district will be closed and imports suspended for 21 days, Health Secretary Ko Wing-man announced.
Some chickens at the market supplied by a farm in Guangdong province on the mainland tested positive for the H7 variety of flu, Ko said. Authorities are most concerned about preventing the spread of the H7N9 strain, but Ko gave no indication whether that was found.
Authorities will "arrange to cull all the live poultry, around 15,000 in total" at the market, Ko said at a news conference early Wednesday, according to a transcript distributed by his agency.
"Supply of live poultry from the mainland will also have to be suspended for the same period of time," Ko said.
On Tuesday, the Hong Kong government announced that tests showed some birds from the farm in Huizhou in Guangdong were infected at some time in the past with the H7 flu.
Ko said another round of tests confirmed the birds were still infected.
In January, Hong Kong authorities destroyed 20,000 birds after a chicken from Guangdong tested positive for the H7N9 flu strain.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:32 am 
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31 December 2014

Update on contact tracing for imported live chickens positive for avian influenza A(H7)

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (December 31) reported the latest updates on contact tracing after samples of live chickens imported from the Mainland tested positive for avian influenza A(H7) virus, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

In collaboration with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the CHP's epidemiological investigations have so far identified one close contact who is a poultry worker at Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market (CSWTWPM), and 77 other contacts including a lorry driver who transported the involved consignment of live chickens, poultry workers and staff at CSWTWPM and Man Kam To Animal Inspection Station, and workers involved in the poultry culling operation.

The CHP is tracing these contacts and will monitor their health conditions. Among them, a member of staff at CSWTWPM developed sore throat and his specimen tested negative for influenza A virus.

"Enhanced surveillance of suspected human cases in public and private hospitals is ongoing," a spokesman for the CHP remarked.

"Poultry workers, who have prolonged exposure to live poultry, might have higher risks of contracting the virus from infected poultry and hence increased risks of genetic reassortment of the virus. Poultry workers have been recommended by the CHP's Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases as one of the priority groups and have been covered in the Government Vaccination Programme under which they are eligible for free influenza vaccination. We advise them to get vaccinated early as it is one of the effective means to prevent influenza-associated complications and hospitalisations," the spokesman added.

Letters to doctors and hospitals will be issued to alert them to the latest situation.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission and the health authorities of Guangdong and Macau have been informed.

Poultry workers and cullers in doubt may call the CHP's avian influenza hotline (2125 1111) for enquiries and it operates from 9am to 6pm.

Ends/Wednesday, December 31, 2014


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