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Shanghai remains free of bird flu virus

By Cai Wenjun and Wang Qingchu (Shanghai Daily)

08:32, January 05, 2012

Shanghai remains free of bird flu, the city's health bureau said yesterday following the discovery of another two dead birds with the virus in Hong Kong.

Bureau official Song Guofan said: "The health authorities always stay a high alert on H5N1 virus. Monitoring and supervision for infectious diseases of respiratory system including bird flu have been tightened in the peak season of winter and spring."

Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the black-headed gulls found in the southern city had tested positive for the virus.

The gulls, a migratory bird commonly seen in Hong Kong were discovered in Tuen Mun and Lantau Island last Friday and on Monday.

The department has alerted chicken farmers to take precautions against the virus.

Alert level raised

There is no poultry farm within 3 kilometers of where the birds were found, the Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po newspaper reported yesterday.

Hong Kong raised its bird flu alert level to "serious" on December 21 after the virus was found in a dead chicken in a poultry market there. Nearly 20,000 chickens in the market were destroyed and local farms were banned from sending chickens to the market for 21 days.

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