Via Channel NewsAsia: Macau culls 7,500 chicken over bird flu scare. Excerpt:
Macau culled 7,500 chickens after discovering the H7-type avian influenza in live poultry for the first time in the city, authorities said on 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 chickens 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.
"To ensure public health, authorities have decided to take decisive action and ordered the emergency measures of culling, sealing off and disinfection," a government statement released on Thursday said.
They did not give details on which strain of H7 flu was found.
The cull of the 7,500 chickens started at midnight and lasted six hours, a government spokeswoman told AFP.
Images on the government website showed health officials wearing masks and white protective suits placing chickens in large plastic yellow bags at the Nam Yue Wholesales Market.
The market -- Macau's only wholesale market for poultry imports -- will be closed for 21 days starting on Thursday for disinfection, the government said.
A health department spokesman said that since 1999, there has not been a human case of avian flu in the territory.
In the neighbouring southern Chinese city of Hong Kong, the virus has claimed the lives of three men since December last year, and has infected six in total.