20 Dec '11, 6pm

HK raises bird flu alert

HK raises bird flu alert

HONG KONG: Hong Kong on Tuesday raised its bird flu alert level to "serious" and announced it is to cull 17,000 chickens after three birds tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus. The city's health chief York Chow announced the measures after a dead chicken at a wholesale market and two other wild birds tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the disease. Authorities banned all live poultry imports with immediate effect while they trace the source of the dead chicken, whether it was imported or from local poultry farms. Public broadcaster RTHK reported that around 20 students from a girls' school, aged between six and seven, have developed flu-like symptoms including fever, cough and sore throat, but none has been taken to hospital. Hong Kong was the site of the world's first major outbreak of bird flu among humans in 1997, when six people died from a...

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