By Shannon Najmabadi
As the death toll for China’s H7N9 avian flu virus reaches five, Shanghai Daily reports the immediate shutdown of a Songjiang district poultry market after pigeon samples taken from the market tested positive for the virus.
Yesterday, Shanghai’s agriculture commission ordered the shutdown of the Huhuai wholesale trading market’s poultry trading area and the slaughter of all the poultry there.
The agriculture commission also ordered stricter monitoring of poultry trading areas. Two markets in Manhing district – Jingchuan and Fengzhuang – have also had their poultry sales suspended and will be undergoing disinfection after a similar flu virus was detected there.