2002 - Isolation of H5 viruses in poultry in Hong Kong Special Administrative
08 February 2002
Disease Outbreak Reported
There has been a recent increase in the number of deaths of poultry in a retail poultry market, in 1 consignment in a wholesale chicken market and in 2 local chicken farms in Hong Kong SAR. Preliminary tests on some samples were positive for influenza A(H5) viruses.
As a result, the Government of Hong Kong SAR has slaughtered all chickens in the affected retail market, the affected consignment and the 2 affected local farms. An additional 23 farms were quarantined.
No human cases of influenza-like illness related to this outbreak have been detected. WHO's human influenza surveillance system in Hong Kong SAR is monitoring the sitation closely.
Click on the website of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China for further information.