Via The Standard, a February 17 report: Dead birds tested for flu virus.
Thirteen dead birds at Po Lam Estate in Tseung Kwan O are being examined for the deadly H7N9 virus.
This comes as Guangzhou has closed its live poultry markets for two weeks as part of efforts to halt the spread of bird flu.
Shenzhen has already closed markets after Hong Kong banned chicken farms there from sending poultry to the SAR.
Among the 13 dead birds is a red-whiskered bulbul, a common bird in Hong Kong.
A pedestrian saw the 13 birds on the pavement in Po Lam Road North and reported to police.
Two Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department staff members with protective gear put the birds in plastic bags before sterilizing the area.
But a spokesman from the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society believes there is no direct connection between the death of birds and H7N9. Red-whiskered bulbuls do not move among poultry or eat their food so there is little chance they would be affected with H7N9, he added.
Meanwhile, the Centre for Health Protection was informed of four more cases of H7N9 in the mainland.
A four-year-old girl and a 79-year-old man from Guangzhou, a 14-year-old girl from Anhui and a 46-year-old man from Hunan are being treated.
Domestic poultry barely notice H7N9, and it's likely that wild birds react similarly. It's H5N1 that tends to kill them, and Hong Kong has been monitoring such bird deaths for just that reason.