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Poultry separation 'not feasible'

January 28, 2014

Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man says the Government will explore ways to separate Mainland and local live poultry before bird flu test results are available, but there are reservations over building a second wholesale poultry market.


Speaking to the media after meeting local live poultry trade representatives today, after a batch of live chickens from the Mainland tested positive for avian influenza (H7) yesterday, Dr Ko said the Man Kam To Animal Inspection Station does not have space to hold Mainland poultry when awaiting test results.


The Western wholesale food market proposed by the trade as a site for an alternative poultry market is currently occupied, Dr Ko said.

The community should consider whether to maintain a live chicken supply, he added.


The Government will assess the trade’s loss and decide on any compensation arrangements. Mainland authorities are investigating the source of the infected chickens.


Around 11,000 poultry were culled at the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market as at 4.30pm today, Dr Ko noted.


The Centre for Health Protection located the driver who transported the infected chickens. He was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital for observation this morning.


About 95 people who may have had contact with the infected chickens, including animal inspection station staff members, wholesale market poultry workers, and staff involved in the cull, are under medical surveillance.


The centre asked doctors to remain vigilant and immediately make a report if there is any suspected case.

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