China suspends wild bird sales over avian flu

Beijing, April 19 (IANS) Chinese government has ordered suspension of wild bird sales in a bid to prevent spread of the H7N9 bird flu.

The State forestry administration Thursday urged local authorities to beef up epidemic surveillance and suspend transactions of wild birds, Xinhua quoted an emergency notice as saying.

It also directed to ban close contact between humans and animals in the zoos.

Besides, the notice has asked concerned authorities to train staff in the treatment of animals, died from unidentified diseases.

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