New Strain Of Bird Flu Kills 2 In China


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Two Shanghai men have died after being infected with H7N9 avian flu, and a third person is in critical condition, Chinese authorities reported Sunday, adding that this type of flu strain has “never been transmitted to humans before.”

The first victim was an 87-year-old man who fell ill on February 19 and died on March 4, followed by a 27-year-old man who contracted the disease on February 27 and passed away on March 10, according to an online statement by the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

The third case involves a 35-year-old woman from a nearby Chinese province of Anhui who became ill on March 9 and is now in critical condition.

The infected first experienced fever and coughing, which later turned into severe pneumonia and breathing problems, AFP reported.

There is no evidence confirming that the three contracted the disease from each other. The 88 people who were in closest contact with the infected did not contract the disease, according to the medical agency.





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