6 April 2013
China has confirmed two fresh cases of bird flu in Shanghai, as it attempts to contain the latest outbreak of the virus in the east of the country.
There have now been 18 identified cases of infection of the H7N9 strain.
Six people have died, and the World Health Organization (WHO) said a further 8 cases were “severe”.
In response, Chinese authorities have extended a ban on poultry trading to the city of Nanjing, having earlier closed markets in Shanghai.
China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said authorities had already culled tens of thousands of birds at two Shanghai poultry markets, where traces of the virus had been found earlier in the week.
Local officials in Nanjing said the virus had not been detected at its poultry markets, suggesting the trading ban is a precaution.
Live bird markets are the traditional way that poultry is sold in China.
Continue reading at BBC News – China closes Nanjing market over H7N9 bird flu.