5th bird flu death in China

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BIRD FLU. An elderly woman looks at a cokerel in Beijing on April 4,2013. A man in the Chinese province of Zhejiang has died of the H7N9 strain of bird flu, state media said on March 3, bringing the total deaths attributed to the virus to three since the first human cases. Photo by AFP

A new strain of bird flu has claimed two more lives in China’s business capital of Shanghai, taking the total number of human deaths attributed to the H7N9 virus to 5. Four of the deaths have occurred in the commercial hub, while the other was reported in the neighboring province of Zhejiang on April 3. Chinese authorities are trying to determine how exactly the new variety of bird flu infects people, but say there is no evidence yet of human-to-human transmission. The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 14, including six from Shanghai.


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