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More Bird Flu Deaths Reported in China

April 9, 2013

China reported its eighth death from H7N9 avian influenza on Tuesday as the number of confirmed infections in four eastern regions rose to 28.

An 83-year-old man in Suzhou city, Jiangsu province, became ill on March 20 and received emergency treatment at a local hospital where he died on Tuesday, the provincial health bureau said.

Experts confirmed the man's infection with the virus on April 2, the bureau said.

Two new infections were confirmed on Tuesday in nearby Shanghai, which has now reported 13 human infections, including five deaths.

Zhejiang province, which borders Shanghai and Jiangsu, also reported two new cases on Tuesday.

State media said tests by government veterinary experts suggested there was no epidemic of the virus in poultry.

The official People's Daily said only 20 of 738 samples collected from Shanghai poultry markets tested positive for H7N9.

Three positive samples were from chickens, three from pigeons and seven from environmental samples, the newspaper said.

The tests were the first confirmation of H7N9 in animals in China, it quoted chief veterinarian Yu Kangzhen as saying.

The World Health Organization and China's health ministry on Monday said they found no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus, which has not been reported outside China.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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