The H7N9 avian influenza virus has infected 96 people in China this year, killing 19, reported Xinhua News. Shanghai will halt live poultry sales for three months starting Friday, and Hong Kong just initiated a three-week ban on live chicken sales after poultry imported from China tested positive for bird flu. Cities in Zhejiang province will also halt live poultry trading.
Yum! Brands, which is in a quiet period ahead of its earnings release next week, declined to comment on how the flu fear and poultry bans will affect business. But it's easy to see how a restaurant chain specializing in chicken might be affected.
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