Stringent measures cut Asian bird flu threat

Chinese researchers analysed 12 years of surveillance data on bird flu, finding that closing the markets and slaughtering unsold birds reduced virus isolation rates in chickens by 84% compared to keeping the live poultry on site overnight.

“Eliminating the carryover of live poultry in markets from one day to the next, in the form of rest days or a total ban, is highly effective for reducing viral amplification and persistence in live poultry markets and consequently minimises zoonotic risk,” the authors wrote.
Emerg Infect Dis 2012; 18:1339-41