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China to Run Live Poultry Tests Nationwide to Contain H7N9 Flu

China ordered local governments to collect tissue samples from birds at poultry markets nationwide in the hunt for the cause of an outbreak of H7N9 avian flu that’s killed seven people.

Markets selling live poultry have until the end of the month to collect blood samples and swabs from the throat and cloaca, or posterior opening, from at least 30 birds each for testing of the virus, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement today. Poultry farms and slaughterhouses are also required to submit samples for testing, the ministry said.