The Race to Contain Bird Flu in China

Chinese health workers collect the bags of dead chickens at Huhuai wholesale agricultural market in Shanghai on April 5 Photograph by AFP via Getty Images

At 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, April 6, police arrived at a wholesale market in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing to shut down all stalls selling live chickens. Last Thursday, Shanghai authorities oversaw the slaughter of 20,536 chickens, ducks, geese, and pigeons at a city poultry market. These measures are part of a widening effort to contain the spread of the H7N9 influenza virus, colloquially known as bird flu, in eastern China.

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