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Crow tests positive for H5N1 in Hong Kong

A dead crow found at a local community in Hong Kong was confirmed to be H5N1 positive after a series of laboratory tests, according to the country’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

The carcass was found and collected on Oct. 15 at the refuse collection chamber in Sham Shui Po Park, said the department. It is Hong Kong's first case of the deadly strain of H5N1 virus this fall.

According to a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, people in the area should observe good personal hygiene. "They should avoid personal contact with wild birds or live poultry and clean their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with them," he said.
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