Via The Standard in Hong Kong: Poultry markets shut in cleanup drive. Excerpt:
Guangdong will close all live poultry markets today for sterilization, as an official assured that poultry sent to Hong Kong are free of the H7N9 virus.
Tang Wu, vice chairman of the Guangdong Industry and Commerce Administration, said all live poultry markets will be closed and sterilizations carried out today as well as on New Year's Eve.
That will be followed by another round of sterilizations before Lunar New Year next month.
Tang stressed that live poultry in Guangdong farms that supply Hong Kong are all tested and are reliably safe.
No export to Hong Kong has tested positive for H7N9, so there is no need to halt shipments from the province, he said.
Meanwhile, Zhejiang University and the University of Hong Kong are trying to develop a vaccine for H7N9, respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan said.
But he said that in view of the current trend of sporadic infections, mass production of a vaccine is not necessary.
"We need to monitor the progress of avian flu and then judge if it is necessary to produce the vaccine on a large scale," he said. "In case there is an outbreak, or any human-to-human transmission, then it would be fine to mass produce."
He also called for a review of the existing rapid test for H7N9 after some patients in Guangdong took up to 13 days to be confirmed with the new bird flu strain.
The prevention and control team leader for H7N9 said the rapid test is not reliable and causes delays in treatment.