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5:45 a.m.: Bird flu has become endemic in Hong Kong after its recent discovery in both local wild birds and chicken, the territory’s health secretary said. “Since different kinds of wild birds and chickens have this virus, we can be quite sure that this virus is endemic in our birds,” York Chow said. Chow used a Chinese term to describe bird flu as having become part of the general environment in Hong Kong. “It’s not just Hong Kong. This virus will exist in neighboring areas, southern China as well as Hong Kong,” he added.