Bird flu in­fects seven in China, killing two

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

BEI­JING: China has re­ported at least seven cases of bird flu in hu­mans across the coun­try this month, in­clud­ing two deaths, as au­thor­i­ties take steps to guard against an out­break. Five cases of H7N9 bird flu in­fec­tions have been di­ag­nosed in central An­hui prov­ince since Dec 8, and two peo­ple have died, state me­dia re­ported. In Shang­hai, of­fi­cials said this week that a man was di­ag­nosed with H7N9 and is be­ing treated in a city hospi­tal. An­other case has been re­ported in Xi­a­men in coastal Fu­jian prov­ince, where poul­try sales have been halted.

In ru­ral Jinzhai county in An­hui prov­ince, lo­cal of­fi­cials on Thurs­day an­nounced a two-week clo­sure of a meat mar­ket af­ter a shop­keeper was di­ag­nosed with H7N9. The pro­vin­cial govern­ment also is­sued a warn­ing on so­cial me­dia urg­ing res­i­dents to avoid buy­ing and slaugh­ter­ing live chick­ens them­selves. A ma­jor H7N9 bird flu out­break in hu­mans first struck China in March 2013, killing more than 40 peo­ple and dev­as­tat­ing the poul­try in­dus­try. The strain is less vir­u­lent than the H5N1 strain that the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion says has killed more than 370 peo­ple.—AP

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