11 Jan '12, 1pm

Hong Kong downgrades bird flu alert

HONG KONG: Hong Kong is downgrading the current bird flu warning from 'serious' to an 'alert' level from tomorrow. That paves for the way for the importing and trading of live poultry from the mainland, as well as local farms. The sale of live chicken was suspended for three weeks after a dead chicken was discovered at the local wholesale market, infected with the H5N1 virus. Hong Kong's Health Secretary York Chow revealed that Hong Kong scientists found no evidence of mutation or any mass outbreak from across the border. According to the scientists, the strain of virus that Hong Kong has in the last two to three years is also similar to the genetic make-up of the virus discovered by the patient in Shenzhen by Chinese authorities. York Chow, Hong Kong Health Secretary, said: "So I think in all aspects, this is the more prevalent virus of moment for avian flu. There is no s...

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