LIVE poultry trade will cease for about two weeks in Guangzhou amid concerns over H7N9 bird flu, local health and family planning commission said yesterday.
The ban, effective from today to Feb. 28, aims to prevent the spread of avian flu to humans. All poultry markets are ordered to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
A total of 21 human H7N9 avian flu cases, including 10 fatalities, were reported in Guangdong Province in January, the provincial health authority said Tuesday.
Of the 21 infections, five were reported in the capital Guangzhou City. Another five in Foshan and two in Shenzhen. The other cases occurred in cities including Shaoguan, Meizhou, Dongguan and Zhongshan.
According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, 79 people died in January from the H7N9 virus nationwide.(Xinhua)