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City poultry markets to be regulated for bird flu

LOCAL health authorities have asked market managers to carry out daily observation and inquiry about flu-like symptoms among staff in the live poultry markets in a new regulation aimed to control the human infection of bird flu H5N1 and H7N9 virus.

They have also been asked to report to the neighborhood health center regularly.

The regulation, which was released yesterday, demands strict requirements on live poultry's business areas, disinfection and non-harmful processing measures and training and educating salesmen on the dangers of infectious disease.

The city reopened live poultry business from June 20 after an almost ten-week halt due to the H7N9 infection.

According to Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission, the district-based center for disease control and prevention should be monitoring the environment around live poultry sales and report to the city authority whenever it detects bird flu strains from samples.

Staff who test positive will have to undergo seven-day medical observation and live poultry sales will be halted.


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