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Shanghai’s municipal government has announced that it will suspend live poultry sales from January 31 to April 30 as a ‘seasonal measure’ after the city saw its first H7N9 bird flu virus case of the new year last week.
Shanghai government spokesman Xu Wei said there will be a certain amount of economic compensation from the Shanghai government to market owners affected by the suspension.
Shao Lin, deputy director of Shanghai’s agriculture commission said that the suspension of live poultry “will certainly produce a series of problems” but the government hopes to “minimize residents’ losses” during the ordeal.
Shanghai had closed the Huhuai live poultry trade sector in Songjiang district after finding a pigeon that tested positive for the H7N9 virus. Since then, more than 20,000 birds have been culled. Vendors will get compensation no lower than 50 percent of the market price.
By Isabel Quan