AVIAN INFLUENZA, HUMAN:
The World Health Organization [WHO] said on Wednesday [17 Apr 2013] that a number of people who have tested positive for a new strain of bird flu in
The exact source of infection remains unknown, and no human-to-human spread of the virus has been confirmed. Samples have tested positive in some poultry markets that remain the focus of investigation by
WHO said no H7N9 vaccine was currently being produced. "Such a decision will depend, for WHO's part, on public health considerations," it said. "We must see how H7N9 develops before any such decision is considered." The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in early April 2013 it had started work on a vaccine just in case it was needed. China's poultry sector has recorded losses of more than 10 billion yuan (USD 1.6 billion) since reports emerged of the new strain 2 weeks ago, an official at the country's National Poultry Industry Association said on Tuesday [16 Apr 2013].
Authorities have slaughtered thousands of birds and closed live poultry markets in
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