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Birds on subway rattle riders over flu concerns

METRO passengers expressed concern after live birds, including a chicken, were found onboard subway trains over the weekend as the city is restricting poultry sales in response to H7N9 bird flu that caused four deaths in Shanghai.

A chicken was first found hiding in a braided bag on Metro Line 4 on Saturday. One passenger took a photo using a cell phone and posted it on the Internet, where netizens expressed concern and questioned the Metro security inspections.

The city just banned all live poultry trade in local markets as a precaution in response to the H7N9 bird flu. Health officials believe people are contracting the H7N9 virus through direct contact with infected fowl.

Passengers became nervous again yesterday after a woman carried two pet birds in a cage onto Metro Line 2.

Neither the subway operator nor police disclosed what happened to the birds or the people who were carrying them.

Animals as a general rules are not allowed on the Metro. Guide dogs for the blind are an exception, officials said.

"Then how can the birds and chicken be taken onboard?" one netizen asked.

"It's a crime to bring poultry in at this time," another posted.

The Metro operator asked passengers to report any poultry or live birds to the staff or call the police. The subway operator says passengers can call 64370000.

The police said pieces of poultry in sealed packages normally are allowed on the subway, but under special conditions such as exist now, Metro staff will turn away any poultry they find to help ensure safety.


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