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A strain of bird flu that has been found in humans for the first time in eastern China is no cause for panic, the World Health Organization said on Monday, as the number of people infected rose to 24, with seven deaths.
Around 390 million people are infected each year with dengue fever — the world's fastest-spreading tropical disease — more than triple the current estimate by the World Health Organization (WHO), experts said on Sunday.
A man has died in China's business capital of Shanghai of a new strain of bird flu, state media said Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths from the H7N9 virus to four.
A new and deadly virus that has killed 11 of the 17 patients treated for it in the Middle East and Britain appears to cause an infection deep in the lungs, researchers said Wednesday.
More H7N9 diagnoses, Taiwan on alert
Reports from China say that one more person has died from the H7N9 bird flu, which has already caused three deaths, while the number of diagnosed patients has increased to 14 on the mainland.
The Department of Health (DOH) decided yesterday to list two Chinese provinces and two cities as areas affected by a deadly bird flu virus, but stopped short of restricting entry to Taiwan by tour groups from those regions.
The Changhua county government said yesterday that it will reinforce disinfection and blood tests at poultry farms as precautions in light of reported H7N9 avian influenza cases in China.
Vaccinating hogs and fowl will only be a last resort in staving off bird flu amid a potential H7N9 flu scare because once animals are started on vaccines it is hard to phase them out, animal raising groups said yesterday.
Gov't to intensify H7N9 bird flu prevention: DOH official
Department of Health (DOH) Minister Chiu Wen-ta said yesterday that the level of prevention against H7N9 bird flu must be raised as the epidemic in China could be widespread.
Four more people in China have been infected with a new strain of bird flu, a local government said Tuesday, bringing the country's total to seven.
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