Dead gull infected with bird flu
January 29, 2013
A dead bird found in Tuen Mun has tested positive for the H5 avian influenza virus, the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department said today.
Further confirmatory tests are being conducted.
The sick black-headed gull was found in Mouse Island Children's Playground on January 25. It died the next day.
The Leisure & Cultural Services Department has stepped up cleaning and disinfection of the venue.
It has also inspected a chicken farm located within 3km of where the bird was found, and saw no abnormal mortality or bird flu symptoms among its birds.
The department has contacted poultry farmers, pet bird shop owners, and pet poultry and racing pigeon licence holders, reminding them they must take proper precautions.
Call 1823 to report sick or dead birds.