Hong Kong Stops Poultry Trading to Prevent Infection to Humans
Hong Kong Culled around 20,000 live birds after a live chicken sample that was taken among a batch that was imported from Guangdong Province has tested positive for the H7N9 virus. After the culling the government has also banned the sale of live poultry
The secretary for the SAR’s food and health bureau stated that it was the first case of H7N9 virus that was confirmed in imported live poultry in Hong Kong eve since the bird flu epidemic broke out on the mainland. Shenzhen was also reported three new cases of the H7N9 virus affecting humans and all for the three cases were female patients. And on Friday the live poultry trading in Futian Agricultural Produce Wholesale Market in Meilin will be stop and no details is released on when trading will continue. China has also banned live fowl trading in some areas after the deadly virus as affect more than 20 people since the start of the new year.
Live poultry trading was stopped in Hangzhou, Jinhua, Ningbo after infection of the flu virus was affected humans. Hangzhou is now planning to close all its live poultry trading markets permanently and will promote frozen poultry products instead.
To prevent any more infections experts have suggested that the government should look into a poultry consumption model that is based on mass slaughter and sale of frozen products.