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China bans sale of live poultry to contain bird flu

Trade in live birds in eastern China has been banned to prevent the spread of avian influenza. The goal is to prevent infection of more people in the run up to Chinese New Year celebrations, when more people travel around the country.
In January alone 20 people died and 96 were infected by H7N9, according to the official news agency, Xinhua. The victims were from Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang and Guangdong.
The Chinese government estimates that 3.6 billion people will travel this month. The festivities officially begin on Friday, February 31.



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