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Bird Flu Concerns Prompts China to Suspend Some Poultry Exports to Hong Kong

Chinese authorities have suspended poultry exports from the western province of Xinjiang to Hong Kong because of an outbreak of bird flu.

China notified Hong Kong Wednesday that it has culled more than 13,000 geese at a farm in Xinjiang.

A government statement says hundreds of dead geese were found on the farm and that tests showed they had died from the H5N1 avian flu strain, which can be lethal to humans.

It said officials in Xinjiang have carried out vaccinations on birds at all nearby poultry farms.

Hong Kong says it has not imported any live birds or poultry meat from Xinjiang and the suspension of exports is merely a precaution.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.