China's Suzhou city to halt live poultry trade on bird flu concerns

December 25, 2016 09:42

BEIJING - A Chinese city said on Sunday it will suspend trade of live poultry in the interests of public health after neighboring provinces reported cases of human bird flu infections.

Suzhou, the second-biggest city in the eastern province of Jiangsu, will halt trading of live poultry as of midnight, the official People's Daily reported on its website.Two people have died of the H7N9 strain of bird flu in China this winter, the first fatalities among at least seven infections.

In the past week, Hong Kong and Macau have also reported their first human bird flu infections for this season.

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