Poultry from Germany has been banned from being imported into Hong Kong, after a low-pathogenic form of avian influenza was detected at a poultry farm in Thuringen, Germany. Hong Kong's ban of German poultry quickly followed a report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that confirmed the discovery of avian influenza in Germany.
The virus killed four birds, while another 823 susceptible birds at the farm were destroyed. Zoning procedures have been implemented, and the property has been disinfected. There has been no poultry movement from that farm to other regions in Germany or to other countries, according to the OIE report.
A spokesperson for Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety told the Global Times the Hong Kong agency has been in contact with officials from Germany concerning the avian influenza issue.