Russians asked not to visit China over bird flu

Moscow, May 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia’s chief public health official Gennady Onishchenko has recommended the country’s nationals not to visit China where a new strain of bird flu is spreading.

“Now there’s not need to ban (visits to China) but please do not go there if there is such a chance,” Onishchenko said on Echo Moskvy radio.

He said that over 130 people have been infected with H7N9 avian influenza in China, and 26 of them have died.

Onishchenko earlier said that his consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor was considering restrictions on poultry meat imports from China.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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