The Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced
Tuesday that it will reopen three urban aviaries from March 28 as
there has been no new case of birds infected with H5 virus
According to the department, the aviaries of Hong Kong Park,
Kowloon Park and the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
will reopen to the public as no new case of birds contracted H5
virus found for the past 21 days within a three-kilometer radius of
the three parks.
The three aviaries have been closed since Jan. 4 as a
precautionary measure against the spread of avian influenza.
A spokesman for the department said that during the closure
period, the Senior Veterinary Officer and staff had been keeping a
close watch over the health of the birds in the aviaries, and all
birds were in a satisfactory health condition.
"We will remain vigilant and keep cleansing the aviaries three
times a day to maintain a high level of hygiene," the spokesman
He reminded people to observe good personal hygiene and not to
touch birds or their droppings when visiting the aviaries or
(Xinhua News Agency March 28, 2007)