Hong Kong's Fowl Problem

After 32 years in the business, Hong Kong poultry farmer Lam Po-sang has seen his share of sick chickens. "Chickens usually die gradually," he says. So when about one-quarter of his 140,000 stock was suddenly wiped out in three days, Lam was shocked. He'd never seen anything like it. "One minute they were flapping their wings," he says, "the next they were dead."

Just as dead was any complacency on the Special Autonomous Region's part that it had solved its problems with bird flu. Health authorities worry about a repeat of 1997, when a strain of avian flu...

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