07 Apr '13, 11am

China boosts bird flu response as cases of H7N9 rise to 20

China boosts bird flu response as cases of H7N9 rise to 20

Vendors play chess beside birds at a poultry market in Wuhan, Hubei province, on April 7, 2013. The market will close live poultry trading on Monday. Two more people have contracted bird flu in Shanghai, China's health ministry said, as authorities closed live poultry markets and culled birds to combat the H7N9 virus strain that has killed six people. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SHANGHAI (AFP) - China confirmed two more cases of bird flu in Shanghai on Sunday, as authorities sought to curb a deadly outbreak by banning live poultry sales and disinfecting schools. The announcement brought the number of recorded cases of the H7N9 strain of avian influenza in China's developed eastern region to 20, since announcing a week ago that the virus had been found in humans for the first time. Six people have died, including four in the commercial city of Shanghai which has recorded 10 cases of ...

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