Two people have died from the H7N9 strain of bird flu in China`s commercial hub Shanghai, including a medical doctor, the local government said Monday, the city`s first fatalities from the virus this year.
The deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, which was first reported in humans in China this year, have left 43 people dead in the country so far.
The death toll due to the deadly new strain of bird flu in China has climbed to 35 with one more death due to H7N9 infection.
One more person died Thursday in central China`s Henan province due to the H7N9 avian influenza, bringing the nationwide death toll to 32, officials said.
An 89-year-old man has died in Shanghai from bird flu, raising the toll from the outbreak of the H7N9 strain of the disease to 24, media reports said.
China`s deadly outbreak of H7N9 bird flu has spread to the central province of Hunan, local health authorities said Saturday, the third announcement in three days of a case in a new location.
In March 2013, a novel H7N9 influenza virus was identified in China as the etiological agent of a flu-like disease in humans, resulting in some deaths.
Asian countries on Thursday urged renewed vigilance against a spread of H7N9 bird flu after Taiwan reported a case of the deadly strain, the world`s first outside mainland China.
China on Tuesday said the H7N9 bird flu had spread to a new area as it confirmed the first case in the eastern province of Shandong in an outbreak which has so far killed 22 people.
Chinese government has ordered suspension of wild bird sales in a bid to prevent spread of the H7N9 bird flu.
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