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Hong Kong Culls Tons of Chinese Poultry Amid Bird Flu Fears: Reports

© REUTERS / Tyrone SiuHealth workers pack dead chickens into trash bins at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong December 31, 2014
Health workers pack dead chickens into trash bins at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong December 31, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Hong Kong government began culling chickens imported from China in order to stop spread of bird flu.

Seoul has halted its importation of US poultry due to a bird flu outbreak in the US, the South Korean Agriculture Ministry announced on Sunday. - Sputnik International
South Korea Suspends Importation of US Poultry Due to Bird Flu Outbreak
MOSCOW, December 31 (Sputnik) — Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday started culling approximately 15,000 chickens imported from China in an effort to stop the spread of bird flu, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) reported.

The broadcaster said the decision to cull the poultry was made after the disease was detected in a wholesale market in Hong Kong’s Cheung Sha Wan area by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. The market has been shut down and will remain closed for at least three weeks.

RTHK said the export of live poultry from China would also be stopped.

Local poultry inspection authorities have begun conducting investigations at all 29 poultry farms in Hong Kong, according to RTHK.

Chickens are seen at a farm where H5 virus was detected. - Sputnik International
Bird Flu Detected at Japanese Kyushu Island: Reports
Bird flu, also known as avian influenza, is a respiratory disease that can be transmitted to humans from bird species. The disease has been found in poultry in Europe, Japan and the United States.

In mid-December, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture confirmed that avian influenza was found in wild birds in the state of Washington. The virus has not been detected anywhere else in the United States, the department said.

In Japan, the disease was found at a farm in the Miyazaki Prefecture, which is located on the island of Kyushu, southern Japan.

Avian influenza was also detected in two poultry farms in the Netherlands in November, resulting in a temporary ban on transporting poultry within the country's borders.

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