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Dead magpie in urban Hong Kong tests positive for H5N1
2006-02-21 01:03:28 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HONG KONG, Feb 21 (AP) -- A dead magpie found near a street flower market in urban Hong Kong was confirmed to have been infected by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, the government said.

The magpie was collected Friday from the Mong Kok area, and was the latest in a spate of bird deaths from the virus in Hong Kong in recent weeks, the government said in a statement released late Monday.

About 10 dead wild birds and chickens have been reported since January, first in areas near the border with mainland China and then in urban areas. No human cases have been reported.

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