Bird Flu Costs in China Set at $6.5 Billion

Scientists and economists say the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China has cost that country’s poultry industry $6.5 billion, as consumers shun chicken and health officials make gains in controlling the deadly virus.

The cost data, provided by China’s agriculture ministry, was reported Tuesday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

At the conference, United Nations experts warned health authorities worldwide to be on the lookout for the virus, which is known to have infected 130 people …

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