Deadly H7N9 avian influenza may have spread to Guangdong as health authorities in Dongguan shut down the city’s live poultry trade on Sunday

Dongguan shuts down poultry trade amid fears H7N9 has hit southern China

Staff Reporter, 2013-04-29

The deadly H7N9 strain of the avian influenza may have spread to southern China as health authorities in Dongguan, Guangdong province shut down the city’s live poultry trade on Sunday, reports the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily. The Dongguan agricultural bureau confirmed on Saturday evening that it gave orders for vendors at live poultry markets in Dongcheng district to remove all live poultry from the premises by 6pm Sunday as a precaution after one tested sample revealed “abormalities.” The bureau refused to say if the sample had tested positive for H7N9, the new strain of the bird flu that has so far killed 23 people and infected a total of 120 across the eastern, northern and central parts of the country. Authorities also did not say when the market would reopen. Reporters at the scene found that in the rush to meet official orders, much of the livestock were being removed from the market without undergoing proper disinfecting procedures. Dongguan health authorities have not reported any H7N9 cases as of April 18 and are still awaiting results from latest samples. Tests for two suspected cases earlier in the month have returned negative for the virus.


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