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HK bird tests positive for H5N1

A dead chicken found in the southern Chinese territory has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, said Hong Kong authorities.

Laboratory tests have confirmed that the chicken found floating in the sea off Hong Kong on 2 March carried the deadly strain. According to a government statement, there were no poultry farms within 3 km of where the dead bird was found.

Natalie Berkhout

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