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WHO confirms five bird flu deaths in China

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday five people have now died in China from a new bird flu virus.

    So far there have been 11 laboratory-confirmed cases of the H7N9 virus, a form of avian flu not seen before in humans.

    However, the WHO reiterated there is currently no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus.

    Tests suggest the virus could be treated with anti-influenza drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza.

    Some 400 people who have been in close contact with the 11 cases are under observation.

    The WHO has not recommended any travel or trade restrictions.

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