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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hong Kong Poultry Slaughtered Due to Bird Flu

Health officials ordered the slaughter of all live poultry in Hong Kong's street markets on Wednesday after detecting one of the largest outbreaks of the bird flu virus in years.

The action comes after tests showed four markets had poultry infected with the H5N1 virus. It was unclear how many birds would be killed or how many were infected, but around 3,500 chickens were for sale by nearly 470 retail vendors citywide as of Tuesday night.

I understand why they are doing it and, really, the chickens were on their way to a dinner plate anyway.

But still...poor chickens.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks for the information on Bird Flu.

We recently wrote an article on a possible vaccine for Bird Flu at Brain Blogger. A published clinical trial of a whole-virus H5N1 vaccine derived from a cell culture raises new hopes for a vaccine against the deadly virus. Though there are only 383 cases in humans, the virus is mutating, which means an epidemic might be in the near future.

We would like to read your comments on our article. Thank you.


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