HONG KONG, Feb 7 - Seven dead birds found in scattered locations across Hong Kong have tested positive for the H5N1 birdflu virus after, health authorities said on Saturday.
The positive test results were found for seven bird carcasses found over the past week or so, including chickens, a duck, and several wild species including a grey heron and peregrine falcon.
The H5N1 infected birds were found mostly in western Hong Kong, including Lantau island where the city's international airport is located, as well as urban areas in Kowloon and the New Territories.
The heron was found in the Mai Po Nature Reserve near the border with China, which has now been closed for three weeks as a temporary precaution with large migrating flocks of wild birds descending on the protected wetlands for the winter.
Hong Kong health authorities stepped up inspections on Saturday to 82 villages but said "no unauthorised keeping of poultry has been observed."