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Vendor With Bird Flu Prompts China to Close Poultry Markets 

FILE - An H7N9 bird flu patient is being treated in a hospital in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, Feb. 12, 2017.

China will shutter poultry markets in a district of southwestern Sichuan province after a man fell ill with the H7N9 bird flu, state-owned China News Service reported Sunday.

The 44-year-old man sold live poultry at a farmers market, China News reported, citing officials in Zigong city.

Poultry markets in Zigong’s Ziliujing district will be closed starting from midnight Monday, the report said.

Cases of bird flu have been unusually high for China since last year, with three times more fatalities from H7N9 in the first four months of the year than in all of 2016, although deaths fell in April for the third consecutive month.