Monday, May 20, 2013

Bird Flu Outbreak Costs China £100m Each Day

China's human H7N9 bird flu outbreak has cost the country's poultry industry more than £4.3bn as consumers shun chicken, government officials have said.

The sector has been losing an average of 1bn yuan (£100m) a day since the end of March, the Beijing Times said, citing Li Xirong, head of the National Animal Husbandry Service.

H7N9 avian influenza has infected 130 people in China, killing 35, since it was found in humans for the first time, according to latest official data.