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South Korea culls over 6 percent of poultry to curb bird flu

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has culled over 6 percent of poultry in the country to curb a bird flu outbreak that has hit farms and migratory birds nationwide, government officials said on Friday. That brings the total number of farm birds slaughtered to 10.16 million, close to a record 10.2 million during an outbreak in 2008, according to data from the agriculture ministry.

Macau culls 7,500 chicken over bird flu scare

Macau culled 7,500 chicken after discovering the H7-type avian influenza in live poultry for the first time in the city, authorities said Thursday, adding the birds had been imported from mainland China. The decision to slaughter the chickens comes after Hong Kong's cull of around 20,000 chicken in January, after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus was found in poultry also imported from China. Macau authorities discovered a positive H7 sample in a batch of poultry imported from the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai on Wednesday.

H7N9 bird flu comes home to roost in China

The handful of poultry dealers lingering at Chengbei Market have had little to do since Chinese authorities shut down their livelihoods after H7N9 bird flu began stalking the country again, killing scores of people this year. They spend their days counting the losses to their business, gambling at cards and cleaning the cages which once held thousands of live birds, hoping the government will allow the trade to resume. "The chickens lay every day and I can't sell the eggs. We are losing money," said Li Guiying, local boss of the Xuancheng Shandi Poultry Co.

Another Cambodian boy dies of bird flu

An 11-year-old Cambodian boy has died of bird flu, a hospital official said Monday, the impoverished kingdom's third confirmed fatality -- all children -- from the illness this year. The boy, who was from northern Kampong Chhnang province, died on Friday morning six hours after he was admitted to hospital, according to Denis Laurent, deputy director of Kantha Bopha Hospital in the capital. "We tried to do our best... but it was too late and we could not do anything to save him," he told AFP. Another doctor said the boy had eaten infected poultry.

Cambodian boy dies of bird flu in second death for 2014

A three-year-old Cambodian boy has died of bird flu, the health ministry said Friday, in the country's second fatality this year. The boy, from a village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, died in hospital on Sunday. Tests confirmed he had contracted the H5N1 virus, the ministry said in a joint statement with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Many of the chickens and ducks in the boy's village died mid-February and he may have come into contact with the dead birds, the statement said, without specifying if the poultry had been tested for H5N1.

Hong Kong reports sixth H7N9 bird flu case

Hong Kong confirmed Tuesday a new human case of the deadly H7N9 avian flu found in an 18-month-old girl, the sixth case to be discovered in the city. Fears over avian flu have grown following the deaths of three men from the H7N9 strain in Hong Kong since December last year, all of whom had recently returned from mainland China. The child, who had also recently visited the mainland, was hospitalised on February 28 after developing a fever and was treated in an isolation ward, the city's health department said in a statement.

Hong Kong extends ban on live poultry imports from mainland

Hong Kong officials said Tuesday they were extending for four months a ban on live poultry imports from mainland China to guard against the potentially deadly H7N9 avian flu. The city imposed a 21-day ban in January and culled some 20,000 chickens after the virus was found in one batch of imported chickens. Health minister Ko Wing-man told reporters there are plans to set up a facility where imported poultry can be quarantined to ensure they are disease-free before being sent to market.

Hong Kong reports fifth H7N9 bird flu case

Hong Kong Wednesday confirmed a new human case of the deadly H7N9 avian flu, the fifth to be discovered in the city. A 65-year-old man who had underlying medical conditions was hospitalised Tuesday after developing a fever and a cough and was in critical condition, the health department said in a statement late Wednesday. He tested positive for H7N9, it said, adding it was an "imported case".

Hong Kong reports fifth H7N9 bird flu case

Hong Kong Wednesday confirmed a new human case of the deadly H7N9 avian flu, the fifth to be discovered in the city. A 65-year-old man who had underlying medical conditions was hospitalised Tuesday after developing a fever and a cough and was in critical condition, the health department said in a statement late Wednesday. He tested positive for A7N9, it said, adding it was an "imported case".

Boy becomes Cambodia's first bird flu death of year

An eight-year-old boy has died from bird flu in Cambodia, the country's first confirmed fatality from the deadly virus this year, a health official said Wednesday. The boy's two-year-old sister also died on the same day after showing symptoms of H5N1 but officials could not carry out tests before her death to confirm if she had the virus, said Sok Touch of the Ministry of Health. He said the siblings, who died hours apart at the same hospital on Friday, had come into contact with poultry before they fell sick in their village in eastern Kratie province.
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