A news release from the government of Hong Kong: Oriental magpie robin tests positive for H5 virus. Excerpt:
Preliminary testing of an Oriental magpie robin found in Kwai Chung has returned a positive result for the H5 avian influenza virus, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (November 18), adding that further confirmatory tests are being conducted.
The dead bird was found and collected on the second floor staircase of Wing Yiu House, Lai Yiu Estate, Kwai Chung, yesterday (November 17). Oriental magpie robins are common resident birds in Hong Kong.
The spokesman said cleaning and disinfection have been stepped up at the venue, adding that there are no poultry farms within 3 kilometres of the location where the dead bird was found.
In view of the case, the AFCD has phoned poultry farmers to remind them to strengthen precautionary and biosecurity measures against avian influenza. Letters have been issued to farmers, pet bird shop owners and licence holders of pet poultry and racing pigeons reminding them that proper precautions must be taken.
The spokesman said the department would conduct frequent inspections of poultry farms and the wholesale market to ensure that proper precautions against avian influenza have been implemented. The department will continue its wild bird monitoring and surveillance.
Mike Coston has the story at Avian Flu Diary, and points out that a positive test for H5 was presumably H5N1. But in recent years it's just one of several possible strains, including H5N2, H5N6, and H5N8.