H7N9 strain bird flu toll 'reaches nine'
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H7N9 strain bird flu toll ‘reaches nine’

H7N9 strain bird flu toll ‘reaches nine’

10 April 2013

 

BBC News China

Two more patients infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu died on Tuesday, bringing the total to nine, Chinese state media has reported.

The two patients were from China’s eastern Anhui and Jiangsu provinces, state media said.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that there is no evidence that the H7N9 virus is being transmitted between people – most cases come from poultry.

A total of 28 people in China have been infected by the new bird flu virus.

Vendors pack their chickens at a poultry market after it was asked to be closed from Saturday onwards in Wuhan, Hubei province, April 5, 2013.
Thousands of birds have been slaughtered in an attempt to contain the virus

China has banned live poultry trading in Shanghai and Nanjing.

On Monday, the WHO said it was in discussions with China about sending a team of international experts to help investigate the new bird flu strain.

The H7N9 bird flu virus is distinct from the H5N1 virus that has caused more than 360 deaths worldwide since it was found in humans in 2003.

Online rumours

Meanwhile, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said that 10 people from five different provinces had been detained over the spread of false information about H7N9.

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