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WHO says bird flu outbreak in China is no cause for panic

The World Health Organization said on Monday, April 8, that the avian flu outbreak that began two weeks ago in eastern China is no reason to panic. According to Chinese authorities, 24 people were infected with the H7N9 virus and seven people died.

Due to the illness, live bird markets and poultry farms in China were closed and thousands of birds have been culled. The Chinese government is still monitoring 621 people who were close to those infected, but no cases of transmission of the virus between humans have been recorded. According to the WHO representative in China, Michael O'Leary, there have only been sporadic cases for now, which should not cause an overreaction or panic.

"It's a relatively small number of cases with serious implications for health and medical personnel, but at this stage there are no known implications for public health," O'Leary told reporters at a joint press conference with the Chinese government.

Information provided by Reuters



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