Shanghai to temporarily close poultry markets

ChickenHeads_closeup_blogIn an effort to curb the spread of H7N9 avian flu, officials plan to temporarily close Shanghai’s live poultry markets.

The markets are slated to be shuttered from Jan. 31 until April 30. About 117 markets will be affected, and the market closures are set to occur annually for the next five years to verify their effectiveness in stopping the spread of the virus, according to Meat & Poultry.

This isn’t the first time Shanghai officials have closed the markets in order to prevent the spread of H7N9 avian flu – they were also temporarily closed in April of last year. During that same time, thousands of birds were culled in an extra effort to stop the spread of the virus.

The number of human H7N9 infections stands at 149, according to a Jan. 7 report from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. In one of the most recent cases, a 31-year-old man from the Guangdong province was hospitalized as a result of H7N9 infection. The man did not have recent contact with poultry. It is the ninth infection reported from Guangdong.

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