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2 more HK birds test positive for H5N1

2012-01-06 11:30

Hong Kong - Hong Kong authorities say two more dead birds have tested positive for a dangerous strain of bird flu, adding to health worries in the city.

Agriculture officials said on Friday that two black-headed gulls found separately about a week ago in rural areas had H5N1 avian influenza. The birds are common visitors in winter.

Last month, a Chinese bus driver who tested positive for H5N1 died in a city bordering Hong Kong. Also, workers in Hong Kong slaughtered nearly 20 000 birds at a market after two dead birds, one a chicken, were found to have the dangerous strain.

H5N1 rarely infects humans and usually only those who come into close contact with diseased poultry. The World Health Organisation says globally there have been 336 human deaths from 573 confirmed bird flu cases since 2003.

Comments
  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-06 13:39

    Having discussed this sort of thing with "professionals" in this field I have been told that the the H5N1 would not have been able to naturally mutate to the point it could effect humans without human intervention. Their view is someone has genetically engineered or attempted to engineer the virus to be used as a weapon and it has escaped into the wild which they contend is the inevitable result of development IE that any organism man made or otherwise will always find a way into the wild.

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