Bird flu death toll rises in China

Bird flu death toll rises in China

Bird flu death toll rises in China

Written by Staff Writer

13 Mar, 2017 | 9:44 am

China reported 61 fatalities and 160 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu in February, the government said on Monday, much higher than in previous years and bringing the death toll in this winter’s outbreaks to 161 since October.

The H7N9 strain shows little or no symptoms in poultry, but even after Chinese disease control experts have warned the public to stay alert, there is a large scale spread of the virus among humans.

The total of 140 for the first two months of 2017 alone already surpasses the annual totals for avian flu in China in recent years. In 2010, 147 people died of the H1N1 strain of the virus.

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