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July 05, 2007

Hong Kong: Bird Garden to reopen July 5

Via the Hong Kong government's health-news site: Bird Garden to reopen July 5. Excerpt:

The Yuen Po Street Bird Garden will reopen July 5 after an 18-day testing and observation period. The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department will also enforce a new set of licensing conditions for pet bird traders.

The department's Assistant Director Dr Thomas Sit said the new conditions, effective from today, regulate pet bird trading both in and outside the Mong Kok landmark, ensuring that all birds kept in the licensed premises are from approved sources.

None of the 330 swab samples taken from the garden since June 17 were H5N1 positive. During the closure all birds in the shops were closely observed. The department is satisfied with their health and the garden's sanitation.

All shops and the Leisure & Cultural Services and Food & Environmental Hygiene Departments jointly held the garden's first monthly cleaning day today. A Hong Kong-wide survey of pet bird shops has been conducted, recording all stocks and checking sources.

Posted by dymaxion at July 5, 2007 10:28 PM

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