Hong Kong’s health minister promised the government would stay alert over any possible outbreak of bird flu. The announcement came just after new research in Japan confirmed the H7N9 virus could be transmitted by respiratory droplets.

Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee on Sunday said the government had done a lot in the prevention and surveillance of bird flu at local farms and markets selling live poultry.

“We will continue to communicate with international organizations and health organizations to understand more about avian flu and the risks,” she said.

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