Late to post this [re magpie robin, the first bird to test positive for H5N1 in HK during early 2006], after some hassles with website over past few days, but, from HK government, 19 January 2006:
An Oriental Magpie Robin found dead in Kam Shan Tsuen, Tai Po was confirmed to be H5N1 positive following a series of laboratory tests, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (January 19).
The spokesman stressed that the department would maintain frequent inspections on poultry farms to ensure that proper precautions against avian influenza had been implemented.
The department had inspected the eight chicken farms within five kilometres of where the Oriental Magpie Robin was found.
"We will continue to monitor the poultry farms closely. There is no abnormal mortality and the chickens show no symptoms of avian influenza," he said.
The bird was collected by AFCD staff on January 10 upon a public referral.
People are reminded to observe good personal hygiene. They should avoid personal contact with wild birds and live poultry and clean their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with them.
Magpie robin is a common resident here, found even in city parks, also in and around villages; occur outside my apartment. Not a species that hob-nobs with wildfowl - tho will feed on open areas where ducks graze. (Hard to see wild ducks in HK away from Deep Bay wetland in northwest.) Will feed in and around farms.
Also, common in captivity, with birds imported (eg from Singapore - better at fighting [!]).
Odd that no evidence of HK otherwise in HK. [tho see below] So, vaccinated poultry??? (as reportedly can be infected without clinical signs)
HK authorities now seeing if they can find more H5N1, inc in poultry farms near where the robin was found.
Post edited by: martin, at: 2006/02/04 09:31