H7N9 avian flu

H7N9 refers to a subgroup of H7 influenza viruses that normally circulates among birds. Human infections of H7N9 have been reported in parts of China, with some people dying of severe pneumonia.

More than 3,000 samples taken from poultry farms in Hong Kong were found to be clear of bird flu. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong government lifts ban on live poultry sales

Sales of live chickens will resume in wet markets just in time to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival on Thursday, the health minister announced, as over 3,000 samples taken from local poultry farms were found to be clear of bird flu.