Friday, April 5, 2013

SIXTH H7N9 BIRD FLU DEATH AS CHINA CULLS POULTRY

A sixth person has died of H7N9 bird flu in China, state media said on Friday, after authorities slaughtered poultry in a mass cull at a Shanghai market where the virus has been detected.

The latest fatality was a 64-year-old farmer who died in Huzhou, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, local officials said according to the state Xinhua news agency.

He is thought to be among 14 previously confirmed human cases of H7N9, and is the second person from Zhejiang to die from the strain, with the other four fatalities in Shanghai, China's commercial hub.

Authorities in the city have also said they are monitoring a person who had been in close contact with one of the dead, and who is being treated for flu-like symptoms.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16562360/china-begins-poultry-slaughter-after-bird-flu-found-xinhua/