Chinese PM Urges Poultry Markets to Shut Amid Bird Flu Threat

Beijing, - China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Thursday urged local authorities to shut down live poultry markets in places affected by the H7N9 bird flu virus, a statement from China's cabinet said.

Li Keqiang highlighted the rising death toll and asked local provincial leaders to close poultry markets as soon as infected birds were discovered.

The statement said China would increase monitoring of bird flu and the transportation of live poultry.

A total of 304 new laboratory-confirmed human infections were reported in mainland China between Jan. 19 and Feb. 14, along with 36 deaths, the WHO said in its latest update on Monday. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency