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H7N9 avian flu

The influenza A (H7N9) virus is one subgroup among the larger group of H7 viruses that normally circulate among birds. A number of human infections of the H7N9 virus have been reported in eastern China, mostly in the Yangtze River Delta region since late March 2013. Some of the patients have died of severe pneumonia brought on by the virus.  

A health worker sprays disinfectant at a closed live poultry trade market in Wuhan, Hebei province. Photo: Xinhua

China bird flu ‘devastates’ poultry business

China’s deadly bird flu outbreak has dealt a “devastating” blow to the nation’s poultry sector, an industry group said on Tuesday, with sales reportedly plunging amid concerns over food safety.

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