Authorities in China yesterday discovered another five new cases of the deadly bird flu H7N9, bringing the total in the country to 43. The total number of deaths from the H7N9 strain now stands at 11.
Cities in the eastern regions of China have locked down live poultry markets and taken precautionary measures to minimize the spread of the dangerous new virus. China was also the epicenter of the SARS epidemic in 2003 which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people worldwide.
Officials from the Food and Agriculture Organization at the United Nations are very concerned about the possibility of the disease crossing China’s borders, The Shanghai Daily also reported. The organization is currently setting up surveillance programs in neighbouring countries.
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