#H7N9, accent mis sur l’économie : plus de poulet dans les cantines scolaires, la bourse chinoise anticipe un impact limité et c’est embêtant pour le Salon de l’Auto de Shanghai dans deux semaines.
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Some airlines and schools in the country have been removing chicken from their menus. The Shanghai Education Commission has asked primary schools to stop offering chicken, the newspaper said. Taiwan’s China Airlines has “enhanced sanitation and disinfection measures in cabins,” it also noted.
Chinese airline stocks rebounded overnight on hopes that fallout from the spread of the disease would be limited. Shares in Shanghai-based China Eastern and Guangzhou-based China Southern both gained 3% overnight in trading in New York. Shares in Yum!, the U.S.-based company that has relied on China for much of the growth in its KFC fast-food business in recent years, gained 0.5%. However, Shanghai’s main stock index lost 0.6% yesterday amid worries about the impact on spending.
Eastern Chinese cities have been closing live poultry markets and taking other precautions to limit the spread of the new virus. China was the epicenter of the SARS epidemic in 2003 which killed several hundred people worldwide.
The timing of the H7N9 may also be unfortunate for the auto industry. One of the country’s key auto shows this year, the Shanghai International Automobile Exhibition, is scheduled for April 21-29. U.S. companies with regional operations in the city include GM and Ford.