December 9, 2008

Hong Kong orders 80,000 chickens killed

Authorities in Hong Kong Tuesday ordered about 80,000 chickens killed after discovering dozens of birds had died of bird flu at a nearby farm.

CNN reported that the order requires all chickens within about a 2-mile radius of the farm where the dead chickens were discovered Monday to be culled.

We have discovered up to 60 dead chickens in that farm. After a series of tests, we have confirmed this morning that the chickens did die from the H5 virus, said Dr. York Chow, Hong Kong's food and health secretary.

The H5N1 flu virus has infected several bird species in Asia, Europe and Africa.

CNN said the disease has been passed from poultry to humans in some cases. More than 200 people have died from the virus since 2003.