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Virus detected in another 19 marketplace samples

CHINA'S agricultural authorities said yesterday that the infectious H7N9 virus has been detected in another 19 samples collected from markets in Shanghai.

Eight of the 19 samples were collected from seven chickens and the surroundings at the market in Songjiang District where the strain of the H7N9 virus was detected in a pigeon sample on Thursday, according to the national avian flu reference laboratory under the Ministry of Agriculture.

The other samples containing the deadly H7N9 virus were collected from two agricultural markets in neighboring Minhang District.

The birds at all three markets have been slaughtered.


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