Authorities in Hong Kong have destroyed 15,000 live chickens at a poultry market and suspended imports from mainland China on December 31, 2014, after birds were found to be infected with avian influenza, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The market in Cheung Sha Wan in Hong Kong's Kowloon district is closed and imports are suspended for 21 days, Health Secretary Ko Wing-man announced.


Some chickens at the market supplied by a farm in Guangdong province on mainland China tested positive for the H7 variety of bird flu. Authorities are most concerned about preventing the spread of the H7N9 strain but Wing-man gave no indication whether that was found.

On December 30, 2014, the Hong Kong government announced that tests showed some birds from the farm in Huizhou in Guangdong were previous infected with the H7 flu, and Wing-man said another round of tests confirmed the birds were still infected.