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Poultry cull ordered at Shanghai market

SHANGHAI'S agriculture commission yesterday ordered the immediate shutdown of the poultry trading area at the Huhuai wholesale market in Songjiang District and the slaughter of all poultry there.

Earlier, the H7N9 bird flu virus had been detected in pigeon samples taken from the market, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

They tested positive at the national avian flu reference laboratory.

The agriculture commission also ordered thorough disinfection and suspension of poultry sales at two markets in the city's Minhang District - Jingchuan and Fengzhuang - where a similar H7 flu virus had been detected, and stricter monitoring of poultry trading areas.


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