Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 29 July 2015

China reports new bird flu death

Published 12/04/2013 | 15:49

A chicken at a slaughterhouse in Pudong, Shanghai, after live poultry trading was banned following the H7N9 bird flu outbreak (AP)
A chicken at a slaughterhouse in Pudong, Shanghai, after live poultry trading was banned following the H7N9 bird flu outbreak (AP)

Chinese health authorities have reported another bird flu death and two new cases of infection.

The new cases reported on Friday in Shanghai bring the total number of deaths in China due to the new bird flu virus, known as H7N9, to 11.

Another 29 people have been infected. All of the cases have been in eastern China.

China first began reporting cases of the new virus on March 31 and has ordered preventative and containment measures.

Shanghai, the epicentre of the outbreak, has ordered residents to watch for high fevers, breathing difficulties and other symptoms.

Hospitals have set up fever clinics to deal with those who show up with flu-like symptoms.

Many of these measures were enacted following China's 2003 Sars outbreak, when authorities were faulted for a poor response.

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