22 Dec '11, 5am

Singaporeans not worried about HK bird flu scare

SINGAPORE: It is business as usual for many chicken sellers in Singapore. This, despite news out of Hong Kong on Wednesday that authorities had culled 17,000 chickens, after a chicken and two wild birds tested positive for the H5N1 virus. Stall holders in Singapore said business remains brisk, partly due to many celebrating the Winter Solstice festival on Thursday. They added that most of their stock is from Malaysia and have undergone checks by the health ministry. The Ministry of Health had said on Wednesday that the risk of avian flu in Singapore is "very low". Singaporeans Channel NewsAsia spoke to said they are not concerned about consuming poultry at the moment. "The chicken in Singapore is different, they're from Malaysia, which is a bit better," said one. The health ministry added that it is monitoring the situation in Hong Kong closely, and urged travellers to Hon...

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