Russian consumer safety watchdog orders border control with China over Avian Flu scare

Russia imposes border control with China over bird flu

Gennady Onishchenko, chief of Russia’s consumer safety watchdog, has ordered passenger control on the border with China as the number of people infected with H7N9 virus continues to grow. “I have given instructions that control over arriving passengers be put in place on the border, especially in the Far Eastern region where the intensity of flights is higher. At least [body] temperature measurements could be taken,” he said, as cited by Itar-Tass. Onishchenko also recommended Russian citizens to cancel trips to China if they can do so. The news comes as Beijing reported its first case of a new strain of bird flu on Saturday. So far, the virus has killed 11 people. Over 40 have been infected in China.

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