Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Hong Kong Culling Operation Complete


The source of Hong Kong's  H7N9 infected poultry - detected somewhat belatedly through environmental testing - hasn't been announced as yet, but the culling of birds at Tuen Mun Market has now been completed, and local farms have been inspected.
Exactly when poultry trade will resume depends upon how quickly authorities can wrap up their investigation into the source, and assure themselves that the virus has been contained. 

This from the HK government.

Culling operation completed

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) completed the poultry culling operation at around noon today (June 7).

A total of 5 643 poultry, comprising 48 chickens, 2 000 silky fowls, 825 pheasants, 600 chukars and 2 170 pigeons, were destroyed. They were sent to landfills for disposal.

Forty-two staff took part in the operation.

The Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market was thoroughly cleaned and disinfected today to prevent the virus from growing and accumulating in the environment.

In addition, the AFCD has completed inspections on all local chicken farms and testing is ongoing.

Surveillance and monitoring of local chicken farms will be maintained. The AFCD has requested all poultry farmers to immediately report abnormalities and adhere strictly to enforcing farm biosecurity measures.

Ends/Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Issued at HKT 17:54

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