A H7N9 bird flu patient is treated at hospital in Wuhan in Hubei province in this photo taken on February 12. The virus had killed at least 87 people by February 12, including 79 in January, the highest death toll since the first known human infection in 2013. Photo: AFP

Bird flu affecting half of China: ‘controllable’ but may spread further

National health commission puts provincial authorities on alert as the country grapples with its worst outbreak of the deadly bird flu strain

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A H7N9 bird flu patient is treated at hospital in Wuhan in Hubei province in this photo taken on February 12. The virus had killed at least 87 people by February 12, including 79 in January, the highest death toll since the first known human infection in 2013. Photo: AFP
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