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Bird flu fades, live poultry ban stays

No new H7N9 bird flu cases have been reported in Shanghai for the past 20 days, prompting the city to call off its emergency response scheme, the municipal government announced today.
But local hospitals and medical workers will continue to monitor the situation and prevent a spread of the disease that has caused 33 infections in Shanghai since March 31. Thirteen patients died, 15 were cured and five remain in hospital, the officials said.
They said Shanghai still bans the sales of live poultry even though people prefer freshly butchered poultry to frozen meat, but the government will seek public opinions before deciding whether to close live poultry markets for good or allow them to reopen.
Medical experts said all the 458 people who had close contacts with the H7N9 patients have been released from medical observation. The incidence of new bird flu cases is also decreasing elsewhere in China.


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