Hong Kong culls thousands of chickens after bird flu discovered

Thousands of chickens were culled following a case of avian influenza in a Hong Kong market.

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  • Government declares a poultry market an infected place
  • More than 17,000 chickens are being culled
The Hong Kong government said Wednesday that more than 17,000 chickens were being culled at a poultry market after a chicken carcass tested positive for avian flu.
The territory's Director of Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation declared the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market an infected place, the government said in a statement.
Local farmers will be prevented from sending chickens to the market for 21 days.
The government said that it was working to trace the origin of the chicken, which was infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus, but that it did not know at this point whether it was from a local farm or imported.