Poultry trade banned in Shanghai
( 2004-02-02 21:35) (Xinhua)
Poultry markets were closed
in Shanghai on Monday as the city banned the trade and slaughter of poultry to
curb spread of bird flu.
The industry and commerce department has examined 721 farm agricultural
markets and seized 97 kilograms of dead poultry sincethe municipal government
issued a notice banning the poultry tradeon Sunday. A total of 690 poultry
markets have been closed.
The government notice has been put on every market in the city and detailed
account records and quarantine serial numbers of poultry were required to secure
China's National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory confirmedon Jan. 27 the
country's first bird flu outbreak in Long'an Countyof Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous
Region, south China. So far, bird flu has also been confirmed in Wugang City of
Hunan Province, and Wuxue City of Hubei Province, central China.
Shanghai reported suspected bird flu cases on Jan. 31. Other areas reporting
suspected cases include east China's Anhui Province, south China's Guangdong
Province, Yongkang City in east China's Zhejiang Province, Yichang City in
central China's Hubei Province, Chenggong County in southwest China's Yunnan
Province, Pingyu County in central China's Henan Province, and the No.12 Farming
Division of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in northwest China's
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
No human infection has been found in the affected areas.