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Bird flu prompts cull in China

Chinese authorities have ordered a mass cull of birds at a poultry market in Shanghai after the death toll from a new strain of bird flu rose to six.

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20,000 birds slaughtered as poultry market closed

More than 20,000 birds have been slaughtered at a poultry market in Shanghai as a precaution against the spread of a new strain of bird flu.

The Huhuai market was closed down and disinfected after the H7N9 virus was detected in samples of pigeons in the market.

Technicians wearing protection suits begin to cull poultry at the Huhuai poultry wholesale market Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

City authorities have also suspended poultry sales at two other markets and ordered a thorough disinfection of the premises.

The culled birds, their excrement and contaminated food were all disposed of Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

In Shanghai, the rising death toll has prompted some residents to stay away from markets with live chickens and ducks.

An employee wearing a protection suit sprays disinfectant on chickens at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

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