Fifth death from H7N9 avian flu in China

4 Apr 2013, 16:07
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Fifth death from H7N9 avian flu in China

The 48-year-old man who worked in the poultry-transporting industry has died in Shanghai bringing the number of disease cases to 14 and total death toll to 5. Previously, unidentified person had died in Shanghai as well.


The new strain of flu virus has been detected in chicken and pigeons at a Shanghai market selling agricultural products.


It is still not known how people contract the virus, but health officials and scientists caution that there are no indications it can be transmitted from one person to another.


Recent studies conducted in China have shown that the virus mutated giving it ability to spread to other animals and humans.


Guidelines issued Wednesday by the national health agency identify butchers, breeders and sellers of poultry, and those in the meat processing industry as at higher risk.


Xinhua said six cases have been confirmed in Shanghai, four in Jiangsu, three in Zhejiang and one in Anhui.


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