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The Macau Metro Monitor, April 5, 2013

BIRD 'FLU ON MAINLAND NOT AFFECTING MACAU: GOVT  Macau Business

Macau need not be worried about four confirmed human deaths on the mainland linked to a strain of bird influenza known as H7N9, said the government. And the outbreak has no impact on the decision to open the Gongbei border for two hours longer during the three days of the Ching Ming holiday, added Alexis Tam Chong Weng, head of the Chief Executive’s office.  “For the [H7N9] ‘flu this time, there is still not any case recorded in Macau,” Mr Tam told a press conference on Wednesday. “The cases are currently limited to the northern region of China so I think there will be no problem for us to open longer hours in the border in these three days.”

CHINA CULLS POULTRY AS BIRD FLU DEATH TOLL REACHES SIX BBC News

China has begun a mass slaughter of poultry at a market in Shanghai, after a new bird flu virus was detected there.  The H7N9 virus, a form of avian flu not before seen in humans, was discovered in pigeons being sold in the market.  Six people have now died from the virus, Chinese officials say.

It is not yet known how people are catching the disease, although the WHO says there is currently no evidence of human-to-human transmission.  The virus was discovered in pigeon samples in Huhuai market in western Shanghai, Chinese media said.  There have been 14 confirmed infections so far in eastern China, including in Shanghai and Zhejiang province.

TAIWAN PROPOSES 13% GAMING TAX Macau Business

The Taiwanese government is proposing a 13% tax on gross gaming revenue for potential casinos built on its outlying islands.  In Macau, casinos pay a 39% effective tax on gross gaming revenue.