Bird Flu Crisis In Hong Kong Essay

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Bird Flu Crisis in Hong Kong


Do you know how many chickens do we consume every day? Three thousand, five thousand or more? We demand almost more than ten thousand chickens daily. What a big figure! We can see that chickens are very important to Chinese society. Chickens are always devoted to God and served in dinners to celebrate traditional festivals. Without chickens, it will cause inconvenience to Hong Kong people, especially during Lunar New Year. Unfortunately, Hong Kong people has just encountered this situation. Because of the outbreak of bird flu, all chickens had to be removed from Hong Kong. In this report, we would like to talk about the topic ¡¥Bird Flu Crisis In Hong Kong¡¦. We will give a brief
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This increased the burden of the emergency services.

The Department of Health was to blame because if failed to inform the public of the symptoms of bird flu infection. It should have told the differences between and cold and flu through TV and radio announcements. Also all government clinics should have been open on Sundays and public holidays so that people could go there for blood testing.

2. Import ban and mass slaughter of chickens

Since H5N1 was found in the blood samples of some of the chickens, all chickens had to be removed from Hong Kong to prevent the spread of the disease. On 24 December 1997, the Agriculture and Fisheries Department (AFD) banned all chicken imports from the mainland. And on 29th of the same month, the AFD started to slaughter all the chickens in local poultry farms and market stalls.

It was criticised that the mass slaughter was too late because H5N1 had already killed 2 persons. Since the AFD overlooked the difficulties of the mass slaughter, the proposed 24-hour operation finally turned out to be a 3-day one. The AFD claimed that their staff had no experience in slaughtering and thus made the slaughter process much more time consuming.

In the slaughter process, chickens are gassed to death by using carbon dioxide (CO2). Due to the lack of CO2 in Hong Kong, gassed-to-death process was inefficient. In addition, some
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