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China Bird Flu Reaches Beijing

Posted on 13. Apr, 2013 by in Headlines, Headlines Featured

The deadly bird fly H7N9 for the first time has been reported in Beijing, the capital of China

The deadly bird fly H7N9 for the first time has been reported in Beijing, the capital of China

April 13, 2013 - The deadly bird fly H7N9 for the first time has been reported in Beijing, the capital of China. The latest case brings the total cases of people who have fallen ill nationwide to 44. Included amongst the 44 cases are 11 deaths, the Xinhua news agency from the Central government announced on Saturday.

The first person infected in China’s capital city is a girl who is just seven years of age and whose parents work in the Shunyi district of the city trading live chickens. The girl is currently hospitalized in stable condition, said Xinhua.

In Shanghai, there have been seven deaths reported from the H7N0 flu. Shanghai is one of China’s key business hubs and has been hit harder than any other city throughout China.

Eastern China cities where the new bird fly first appeared have had to close markets with live poultry and have had to take the necessary precautions in an attempt to limit how much the virus spreads. In 2003, the epicenter of the deadly SARS epidemic was China in which several hundred people lost their lives worldwide.

The restaurant and poultry industries in China have already been hit hard by the H7N9 virus, as consumers have shunned chicken due to worries about contracting the virus, even though, meat that is cooked is said to not be harmful.

Farmers said they had more than 600,000 live chickens that are ready to be sold in Shanghai but cannot find anyone willing to buy them. One paper said chickens would be slaughtered, deep-frozen and kept until the demand turns around.

Yum!, the company that operates the global fast food chain KFC saw its shares close up over 0.8% in trading in New York on Friday, although company officials said earlier in the week that sales at KFC stores in China during March dropped 16% from the same month a year ago amid worries by consumers over the latest bird flu.

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