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China closes live poultry markets, destroys more fowl in bird flu fight 
by Ann Bagel on 11/8/2005 for 
Chinese officials destroyed 6 million fowl and closed all 168 live poultry markets in Beijing as part of efforts to prevent bird flu.
Authorities in Beijing also went door-to-door seizing chickens and ducks being raised in private homes, while Shanghai banned sales of live ducks, quail and other birds.
The Chinese government also announced over the weekend that it was reopening an investigation into whether bird flu killed a 12-year-old girl and sickened two other people last month. The World Health Organization has agreed to help with the effort. The cases would be China's first human occurrences of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.