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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

H7N9: China Reports Three New Deaths Linked To Bird Flu Virus

Chinese health officials have reported that three people have died recently from the new strain of H7N9 bird flu virus raising the death toll to 35. The number of people infected has already risen to 130. The World Health Organization said that this new strain is one of the most deadly viruses around and seem to have originated in China’s east Jiangxi province.

Health officials in the country say that there is no evidence of human to human transmission and that people contaminated with the virus got it from poultry. WHO officials however say that 40 percent of the people infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus didn’t come into contact with poultry. They also said that 57 people infected with the virus have already recovered.

This new strain of the virus was first detected in March has caused prices for poultry in China to drop.