H7N9 avian influenza virus detected from pigeons samples

Office of the Ministry of Agriculture released news on April 4 that according to the inspection on agricultural and sideline products in the wholesale markets of Shanghai Songjiang District by the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory, the H7N9 avian influenza virus was detected from pigeons samples. Gene sequence analysis showed that the low pathogenic influenza virus detected is highly homologous with the H7N9 avian influenza virus.

In view of the fact that the virus is a threat to the safety of human life, the Ministry of Agriculture decided to put the animals infection with the H7N9 bird flu virus temporarily under the animal disease management. The ministry required the relevant markets in Shanghai to take strict measures for the prevention and control of animal diseases.

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