MOSCOW, Dec 21 — RIA Novosti. Hong Kong authorities have ordered to destroy more than 17,000 birds at a wholesale market after the city was confirmed three cases of infected poultry, dangerous to human avian influenza strain H5N1, said on Wednesday the publication Telegraph.
According to the Head of the Department of Health of Hong Kong York Chow (York Chow), the level of danger of the avian flu in raised to "severe".
The source of infection has not been found. According to the Associated Press, the inspectors have checked all 30 poultry farms in Hong Kong, but no traces of the virus has not yet discovered. While the authorities have banned the import of live birds into the city for three weeks. As noted by Chou, the ban could cause a deficiency of poultry before Christmas.
H5N1 — a dangerous strain of bird flu that can be transmitted to humans from birds. Only since the discovery of this strain in 2003 in the world of it left 331 people dead.
Source: RIA Novosti