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City gears up luggage scan for H5N1 virus

SHANGHAI'S entry-exit authorities will step up luggage inspection during the upcoming New Year holidays to prevent H5N1 virus from spreading into the Chinese mainland.

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said no individual can take birds or poultry products into the country.

Meanwhile, officials also said the city has never imported any poultry products from Hong Kong, where H5N1-infected chickens were found in the market last week.

Passengers from Hong Kong will undergo strict examinations at the city's two airports for signs of fever and other symptoms, officials said.

The bureau said all the poultry products Shanghai imported this year were from the United States and France where no H5N1 case has been reported.


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