Dead HK magpie had bird flu virus

Dead HK magpie had bird flu virus

Dead HK magpie had bird flu virus

Updated 30 March 2012, 15:30 AEDT

Tests on a blue magpie found dead in Hong Kong show it was infected with the deadly H-5-N-1 bird flu virus.

The bird was found in the densely populated Sham Shui Po district on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department says the virus was been confirmed after a series of tests.

Hong Kong was the scene of the world's first reported major bird flu outbreak among humans in 1997, when six people died of a then unknown mutation of the avian flu virus.

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