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…a SARS-like virus remains loose in the wild and could potentially spark another outbreak.
"It changes the equation" for public health, said Peter Daszak, a senior author of the study and president of EcoHealth Alliance, a group involved in conservation and global health. "We can close all the markets in China and still have a pandemic."
Price war between foreign fast food chains benefits Xiamen customers
In China, sales of foreign fast food are continuing to slow. McDonald's has recently seen regional sales decrease, while KFC is doing even worse, with sales continuing to tank despite the brand weathering a hormone scandal a year ago and the recent H7N9 bird flu scare.
Meanwhile, Chinese fast food brands appear to be closing the gap. More local names like Bruce Lee-branded Kung Fu Catering are winning the stomachs of Chinese eaters.
China: Closing live poultry markets helps control bird flu
Poultry market closures best way to slow spread of H7N9
A group of Hong Kong and mainland researchers have concluded that closing live poultry markets all but eliminates the risk of human infection from H7N9 and is the most effective measure to control the deadly bird flu.
More local names like Bruce Lee-branded Kung Fu Catering are winning the stomachs of Chinese eaters.
Safer food handling practices seems more reasonable than taking a giant food and income source out of the equation. It can happen anywhere where close contact and confined conditions are the norm. Help them with those things instead.
I don't know who's calling for these closures but it shows they don't have a clue about the spread of this virus. Either that or they are vying for control of the business and seek to undermine their competition.
I was discussing some H7N9 bird flu mysteries with a contact yesterday:
* Only 10 of the 77 cases as of Tuesday had contact with poultry
* Virologist Fouchier says H7N9 is NOT a bird flu
* Chickens and birds do NOT get sick from this flu
...* Was H7N9 genetically engineered and released on purpose? Is it all about killing the competition and grabbing market share? ...