Zhejiang Province to Permanently Shut Down Live Poultry Markets Due to H7N9 Bird Flu

Live poultry markets in central areas of major cities in Zhejiang Province will be permanently closed by July 1, authorities announced Tuesday [28 January 2014]. The notification comes as operations at many live poultry markets have been suspended amid a winter spike in the number of H7N9 bird flu cases…Full Article: The Global Times Jan

Shenzhen Closes Two Wet Markets after Detecting the H7N9 Strain of Bird Flu

Health authorities ordered the closure yesterday of two Shenzhen wet markets where the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu was detected. The wet markets are in the border city’s Longgang district. Today all poultry markets there will be closed for disinfecting…Full Article: South China Morning Post Dec 2013 Key point On 2 December 2013, Hong

New Cases of H7N9 Bird Flu are Reported in Hong Kong, Zhejiang Province, and Guangdong Province

Samples taken from two live poultry markets in south China’s Guangdong Province have tested positive for H7N9 bird flu, the provincial health authority confirmed on Wednesday [11 December 2013]. Three samples from the two live poultry markets, both in Shenzhen, tested positive, said the Health Department of Guangdong Province…Full article: China Daily Dec 2013 Key

China’s Extends State Corn Purchases an Extra Month due to Lackluster Domestic Demand and Harvest Delays

The Chinese State Administration of Grain announced on May 7 that it will extend the state corn purchase period for another month this year because of the harvest delay caused by excessive snow and rain since autumn…Full-text article: China Daily May 2013 Key point Corn purchases by the Chinese State Administration of Grain typically runs