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  • HK: Faecal droppings of live poultry from Yan Oi Market in Tuen Mun tested positive for LPAI H7N9 virus

    Hong Kong (HKSAR) - A spokesman for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) said today (June 5) that under the routine surveillance programme for avian influenza (AI) at markets and fresh provision shops which is commissioned by the department and conducted by the University of Hong Kong, a sample of faecal droppings of live poultry taken from a poultry stall in Yan Oi Market in Tuen Mun on May 16 was tested positive yesterday (June 4) of the H7N9 avian influenza virus. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will declare the live poultry stalls at Yan Oi Market in Tuen Mun as an infected place which will be closed for thorough disinfection and cleansing.

    The spokesman said, "There are two poultry stalls in Yan Oi Market and there is no sample from the other stall tested positive of H7N9 virus. The affected stall sells live poultry, including live chickens and pigeons.

    The FEHD, upon receiving the test result, has immediately conducted thorough cleansing and disinfection at the two stalls and is tracing the source of the poultry."

    In accordance with the contingency plan for detection of AI virus in Hong Kong, trading of live poultry will be suspended pending follow-up investigations to trace the source of the virus.

    Supply of chickens from local farms have been suspended. The AFCD will conduct inspection on all local chicken farms and collect samples for AI testing in order to ascertain that none of the local farms or chickens have been infected with AI. Import of live poultry will also be suspended.

    The AFCD will continue with the surveillance and monitoring of local chicken farms.

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    H7N9 halts live poultry trade

    June 05, 2016

    The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department has suspended live poultry trading after a sample of poultry droppings tested positive for the H7N9 virus yesterday.

    The sample was taken from a poultry stall in Yan Oi Market, Tuen Mun, on May 16, under the routine surveillance programme for avian influenza.

    The stall sells live chickens and pigeons. There are two poultry stalls in the market. H7N9 was not detected in the other stall.

    The department has thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the two stalls. However, in accordance with the contingency plan for the detection of avian influenza, trading of live poultry will be suspended until the virus source is traced.

    Chicken supply from local farms has been suspended, along with live poultry imports.

    The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department will continue with the surveillance and monitoring of local chicken farms.


    • #3

      They are trying to determinw the source of the infection.

      Hong Kong Zaibao now assess the risk of avian influenza deliberated whether to kill a chicken (FIG)

      At 11:06 on June 6, 2016 Source: China News Network

      Original title: Hong Kong Zaibao assess the risk of avian influenza this deliberation whether the slaughter of chickens (FIG)
        FEHD officers in Hong Kong yesterday to the Yan Oi Market, two chicken stalls enclosed. Figure from Hong Kong "Ta Kung Pao"
        BEIJING, June 6, according to Hong Kong "Ta Kung Pao" report, Hong Kong Zaibao avian flu, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, I am afraid again no chickens. Tuen Mun Yan Oi Market "Shengfeng Park" a live poultry stalls chicken fecal samples, measured out with the H7N9 virus, the major markets from Hong Kong yesterday moratorium on the sale of live poultry.
        Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said it was investigating the source of the sample, and will convene an inter-departmental meeting today to assess the risk of avian influenza, and then decide whether to extend the sale period. Industry estimates, if the local supply of live chickens stop 21, Hong Kong will have 400,000 to 500,000 chickens at a farm product, household poultry traders loss 8-100000 yuan (HK $, the same below).
        As to whether some people may have eaten chicken with the virus, Ko Wing-man, said last month in manure samples extracted so far, the incubation period basically over, but the CHP will continue to monitor the health condition of the staff concerned, the HA has watching the patient had no associated symptoms. He explained this time to detect viral culture, and is a more accurate method, but the time to be longer.
        Head of Department of microorganisms Chen Jixiang Chinese University of Hong Kong, said in the past the bird flu virus usually more active in the winter, summer H7 bird flu tested positive surprise. He estimated that the virus may be provided by local farms into the wild virus, or live chickens from illegal channels into Hong Kong; Hong Kong market supply of live chickens at the same time there is still some risk, long-term recommendations should be discussed only sell chilled or establish central slaughtering.
        He Junxian Agriculture and Fisheries of the Legislative Council, said the majority of chicken farmers before the Dragon Boat Festival, raising more general than normal chickens should be the city; Pausing a chicken, chickens will be derived from excessive or hoarding problem, for consideration of public safety, I urge the authorities to complete the work as soon as the chicken farm sample testing, speed up recovery of live poultry supply.
        Hong Kong poultry (chicken Kamei) Zheng Zhanjiang Development Director, said the Hong Kong chicken farms did not show the incidence, and the case of avian flu does not appear, only a single chicken Tuen Mun Yan Oi Market in retail outlets to experience difficult informed source of the virus. He suggested that the Government as soon as possible to local farms for rapid detection, if detected no unusual farm, local supply of live chickens should be restored as soon as possible.
        Hong Kong Kowloon City Market chicken traders said big sister sister, the Dragon Boat Festival in the past, many people buy live chickens, it will certainly affect the supply of income; and chilled chickens and a far cry from the price, the business is expected to be reduced by 70% or more of a minimum expected to resume supply before the holidays.


      • #4
        Government notice...

        Poultry meeting to be held

        June 05, 2016

        An inter-departmental meeting will be held tomorrow to determine how long live poultry sales should be suspended.

        Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man said today the Government is very concerned about the finding of the H7N9 virus in a sample gathered from a market stall in Tuen Mun.

        Government departments are gathering more information to trace the source of the virus.

        Experts will make a risk assessment based on information gathered at the meeting to determine the way forward, including whether to slaughter live poultry at Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market, he added.


        • #5
          Low pathogenic avian influenza (poultry),
          Hong Kong (SAR - PRC)
          Information received on 13/06/2016 from Dr Thomas Sit, Chief Veterinary Officer / Assistant Director (Inspection & Quarantine), Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Hong Kong , Hong Kong (SAR - PRC)
          Report type Immediate notification
          Date of start of the event 16/05/2016
          Date of confirmation of the event 04/06/2016
          Report date 13/06/2016
          Date submitted to OIE 13/06/2016
          Reason for notification Reoccurrence of a listed disease
          Date of previous occurrence 30/03/2015
          Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
          Causal agent Low pathogenic avian influenza virus
          Serotype H7N9
          Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
          This event pertains to the whole country
          New outbreaks (1)
          Outbreak 1 Yan Oi Market, Tuen Mun, HONG KONG
          Date of start of the outbreak 16/05/2016
          Outbreak status Resolved (16/05/2016)
          Epidemiological unit Not applicable
          Affected animals
          Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds 1 0 0 0
          Affected population A sample of live poultry faecal droppings
          Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
          Total animals affected
          Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds 1 0 0 0
          Outbreak statistics
          Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
          Birds ** ** 0.00% **
          *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
          **Not calculated because of missing information
          Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
          • Unknown or inconclusive
          Epidemiological comments An intensive surveillance system is in place for all poultry farms, pet bird shops and poultry markets in Hong Kong. A sample of faecal droppings of live poultry taken from a poultry stall in a retail market on 16 May was tested positive for H7N9.
          Control measures
          Measures applied
          • Screening
          • Disinfection / Disinfestation
          • No vaccination
          • No treatment of affected animals
          Measures to be applied
          • No other measures
          Diagnostic test results
          Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
          Centre of Influenza Research, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Birds virus isolation 04/06/2016 Positive
          Future Reporting
          The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.

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