Avian virus from mar­ket: Study

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION DIGEST -

In­ter­na­tional re­search led by Univer­sity of Hong Kong sci­en­tists found chick­ens at the live poul­try mar­kets are very likely the most im­por­tant source of hu­man in­fec­tions of avian flu virus H7N9. The find­ings also sug­gest a pref­er­ence for vi­ral repli­ca­tion and shed­ding from the res­pi­ra­tory and oral tracts. The re­searchers said that a change in the poul­try trad­ing and mar­ket­ing sys­tems to pre­vent di­rect con­tact of hu­man pop­u­la­tions with live poul­try, es­pe­cially chick­ens, will be key to avert­ing avian-to-hu­man trans­mis­sion of viruses.

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