09 April 1999
New bird flu hits Hong Kong

A NEW strain of bird influenza has emerged in Hong Kong, 16 months after the territory slaughtered its entire stock of 1.5m chickens to eradicate the disease.

Six people died in the first epidemic in late 1997 and about seven people have been identified as suffering this time round.

After the earlier outbreak, a much stricter hygiene regime for poultry was introduced.

But two weeks ago, a sub-strain of the original virus was found in a consignment of live ducks and geese at a market.

Officials are looking into the source of the virus, its mode of transmission, and what new measures could be taken against it.

  • The Independent 09/04/02/99 page 15