Flu Pandemic

Commuters protect themselves against bird flu in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Death toll hits 16 in China bird flu outbreak

H7N9 bird flu has claimed two more lives in Shanghai, Chinese state media said, bringing the death toll from the disease to 16. China has confirmed 77 human cases of H7N9 avian influenza since announcing two weeks ago that it had found the strain in people for the first time.