Live poultry trade will cease for about two weeks in Guangzhou on concerns over H7N9 bird flu, local health and family planning commission said on Wednesday.
The ban, effective from Feb. 16 to 28, aims to prevent spread of the avian flu to humans. All poultry markets are ordered to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
H7N9 bird flu has been reported in several provinces across the country so far this year. Human cases have been reported in Guangzhou and nearby areas.
February and March are the key period to prevent the virus from spreading, experts said, adding more human infections are likely to be reported in Guangzhou.
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