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Shanghai to strengthen checks on bird flu virus

By Lu Feiran   (Shanghai Daily)

08:22, December 22, 2011

There have been no cases of bird flu in Shanghai this year, officials said following the discovery of infected chickens in Hong Kong.

However, inspections are to be strengthened to prevent the virus reaching the city.

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said the Shanghai port was constantly inspecting inbound passengers using remote temperature technology. No one suspected of having bird flu had been found up to yesterday.

Meanwhile, Shanghai agricultural authorities have set up inspection points on all main highways to Shanghai.

The Shanghai Agriculture Commission said regular inspections at local wholesale markets had found no cases of the H5N1 virus this year but inspections of birds produced in and outside the city would be strengthened.

A cull of more than 17,000 chickens began yesterday at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong after a chicken carcass tested positive for the deadly virus, a government spokesman said. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong said the market would be closed until January 12.

The Hong Kong government suspended imports of live chickens from China's mainland and the trading of live chickens for 21 days in a bid to prevent any spread of the disease, which can jump to humans.

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