China Confirms Bird Flu Outbreak: HK official – AFP

A new outbreak of in has been confirmed by China’s agricultural ministry after thousands of ducks died in a village days ago. From AFP:

The ministry said Saturday that 9,830 ducks had died in a village outside the southern city of Guangzhou, not far from the border with Hong Kong, between September 5 and 13.

Hong Kong Health Secretary York Chow told reporters late Monday, citing the Chinese ministry, that the ducks had tested positive for the H5N1 strain of the virus. Chow said the former British colony had immediately slapped a 21-day ban on imports of all live poultry, eggs and chilled or frozen meat from farms near the affected area on the mainland….[Full Text]

[Image: Chicken are kept in a cage at a poultry shop in a local Hong Kong market, via AFP]

September 17, 2007, 2:04 PM
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