|Govt highly concerned over bird flu, says CE
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says the government is highly concerned about the discovery of the H7N9 bird flu virus in a sample from a Guangdong supplier.
The adminstration announced last night that the sale of live chickens would be banned for three weeks and thousands of birds at the Cheung Sha Wan wholesale poultry market would be culled today, RTHK reports.
The measures immediately prompted local chicken traders, who fear large losses in sales, to stage a protest outside Government House.
Leung called on the various sectors concerned to follow the government's advice and decisions.
Secretary for Health Ko Wing-man says the most important job for the government now is to find the source of the virus.
Speaking on an RTHK radio programme, Ko also said the discovery of the virus shows that several tests are needed to make sure live chicken imports are free from bird flu.
The chicken sample tested positive with the government's new test that checks a chicken for antibodies to the H7 virus. Another test was then used to confirm the result.