China records 13 deaths from H7N9 bird flu in June

China records 13 deaths from H7N9 bird flu in June


BEIJING: China reported 13 fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in June, the government said on Monday, taking the death toll since October to at least 281.
China reported as many as 108 deaths from the virus in the March to May period, spurring further concerns about the spread of the deadly virus, according to data from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
The death toll tends to drop towards the end of winter.
Chinese disease control experts warned the public to stay alert for H7N9 avian flu and stay away from live poultry, with the commission saying new cases of human infection remained at a low level in the last two weeks of May, according to a statement released on its website last month.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission did not disclose the location of fatalities or infections.
The H7N9 virus is likely to strike in winter and spring, and farmers have in the recent years ramped up measures such as cleaning regimes to prevent the disease.
China has confirmed five bird flu outbreaks among poultry this winter, which has led to the culling of more than 175,000 birds.
China, the world's third-largest producer of broiler chickens and the second-biggest consumer of poultry, has also closed some live poultry markets after people and chickens were infected by the avian flu strains.

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