Hong Kong’s Former Top Veterinary Officer Urges the Government to Stop Live Poultry Imports from the Mainland

The city should stop importing live poultry from the mainland to cut the risk of the deadly H7N9 bird flu entering Hong Kong, said the government’s former top vet who is a specialist in epidemics. Howard Wong Kai-hay, who was principle veterinary officer at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department until late last year, warned

China’s Poultry Industry Suffers More than $1.6 Billion in H7N9-Related Economic Losses

Losses of poultry-related enterprises nationwide have exceeded 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) since the first case of H7N9 bird flu was discovered, according to the National Poultry Industry Association. With all live poultry stands shut down in regions with H7N9 cases since early this month, poultry breeders, suppliers and sellers are facing tough times…Full-text article:

Shanghai Government Will Provide Subsidies to Poultry Farms to Cover H7N9 Losses

The Shanghai municipal government will provide poultry farms with subsidies to help them through the deadly H7N9 virus scare. The city ordered a halt of live poultry trading and imports, and required poultry culling, after the national avian flu reference laboratory, under the Ministry of Agriculture, said last week that the H7N9 virus was detected