27 February 2020

Govt steps up bird flu fight as losses mount, paper says

The government has published a plan to eradicate H7N9 bird flu as losses continue to mount in China’s poultry industry, National Business Daily reported Friday, citing the Ministry of Agriculture. All live fowls must have quarantine certificates before they can be sold and sellers are forbidden to ship unsold birds back to farms. Also, infected markets will be shut down for 21 days for disinfection. The poultry industry has lost more than 20 billion yuan (US$3.28 billion) since the beginning of the year, with more than 50 million firms and farmers affected, the report said, citing the China Animal Agriculture Association.

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