Live poultry trading has been put to a stop in Hangzhou, the capital city of east China's Zhejiang province. The halt of live poultry trading in Hangzhou was announced on January 23 in an effort to help contain H7N9 avian influenza infections.

According to reports, city authorities ordered to disinfect live poultry markets in six districts and launched a widespread monitoring over domestic fowl and birds in poultry farms, habitats of migratory birds as well as parks. The government also banned the flying of carrier pigeons.

The ban of live trading comes on the heels of five new human cases of H7N9 avian influenza reported in Zhejiang. The mayor of the city announced there were two new avian influenza fatalities, but did not confirm with any further details.