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    No evidence that bird flu death woman in Shanghai had contact with poultry - officials

    Shanghai. January 27. INTERFAX-CHINA - No evidence has been found suggesting that a migrant worker who died in Shanghai from bird flu on March 21 had any direct contact with poultry, city authorities told Interfax today.

    The Ministry of Health confirmed on March 24 that bird flu caused the death of the 29-year-old woman. Shanghai municipal Department of Health had initially said she developed symptoms of “coughing and fever?and died of unexplained pneumonia.


    Director of the information office at Shanghai municipal Department of Health saidthere was insufficient evidence to prove the woman had direct contact with poultry, and that the cause of her infection remains under investigation.


    "No abnormal condition has been found among the people who had close contact with the woman," he added.


    The health administration in Shanghai says it has taken appropriate measures according to the city's bird flu response plan and people who have had close contact with the woman have been put under clinical observation in isolation.


    The death toll of bird flu human infections in China now stands at 11, and the number to have contracted the infection 15.


    Dai Ping from the Shanghai Agricultural Commission said there was no bird flu epidemic among poultry in the municipality.

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    Measures to Stem Bird Flu from Spreading Through Market

    http://www.china.org.cn/english/China/163529.htm

    Measures to Stem Bird Flu from Spreading Through Market

    China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has taken a range of measures to prevent bird flu spread in domestic market, its sources said on Monday.

    The MOC has established a quick response mechanism in this area, making a daily report on the commodity market in the bird flu epidemic zone and monitoring the sales and price fluctuations of fowl and eggs in 113 major cities across the country.

    Meanwhile, local authorities have also enhanced relevant regulations over poultry wholesale and retail enterprises, asking them to provide certificates so as to guarantee that products came from reliable sources.

    The MOC stepped up management over poultry and livestock culling, urging slaughterhouses to conduct intensified disinfection over poultry transport vehicles as well as loading and unloading equipment.

    Moreover, the ministry ordered local departments not to prohibit the transport of qualified and examined poultry products from epidemic zones, so as to safeguard the normal circulation of these products.

    This year, China has reported three outbreaks of bird flu among poultry, a sharp decrease compared with 49 such cases during the same period of 2004, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

    A total of 35 bird flu outbreaks have been reported in China since 2005, which sickened 194,000 fowl and culled 186,000 of them, the MOA claimed. About 22.8 million fowl were culled to halt the disease from spreading and all the outbreaks have been contained.

    (Xinhua News Agency March 27, 2006)

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      Re: Measures to Stem Bird Flu from Spreading Through Market

      So it turns out it was due to a live chicken at a wet market? Yet another indication that vaccination of poultry is counter-productive (the birds are OK but they spread the virus to humans all the same)?

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