China ramps up bird flu precautions

  • China has ramped up its efforts to contain the spread of a new strain of bird flu, which has so far killed six people in the country.

    Authorities in Shanghai, where four deaths were recorded, have shut down three poultry markets and banned the import of all live birds into the city.

    China has now identified 16 cases of the H7N9 virus.

    According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that the virus is being transmitted between humans.

    The human cases of H7N9 have all been recorded in eastern China, in Shanghai and the neighboring provinces of Anhui and Zhejiang.

    The H7N9 is a form of avian flu that has not been previously found in humans.

    All the victims so far have had severe pneumonia and other symptoms including fever and shortness of breath.

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