H5N1 avian flu

Bird Flu: Germany Bans Poultry Imports, Chicken Demand Remains High In Hong Kong

Bird Flu cases in China prompted a temporary ban on poultry imports in Germany. While Germans may be shying away from fried chicken for the time being, demands for poultry entrees remain high in Hong Kong. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, two people tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu in Guiyang.

The Germany Department of Agriculture banned the poultry and poultry products from entering the county after the outbreak of avian flu in China. Two separate bird flu strains of low pathogenic origins were found in two districts, World Poultry reports. The poultry ban terminates imports from the district of Stormarn in Schleswig-Holstein state and the district of Waldeck-Frankenberg in Hesse.

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) notes the bird flu strains were found at two mixed poultry farms in the noted districts in December. Avian flu strains are classified as either low or high pathogenic. The labels are determined based upon the severity of the sickness in the actual bird population. Birds reportedly often recover from low pathogenc strains of the avian flu.

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection was alerted by the Ministry of Health in Beijing about the bird flu cases. A representative for the Hong Kong agency noted heightened vigilance and strict port health measures would be put into place.

Residents were cautioned not to come into direct contact with either poultry or their droppings. Despite rising concerns about the bird flu, Hong Kong wet markets were still booming this week. Local families reportedly eagerly purchased chicken in preparation for the Lunar New Year holiday, the South China Morning Post reports.

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