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Beijing's H7N9 bird flu victim recovers and leaves hospital

Published on Apr 17, 2013 7:02 PM
 
A girl, who was confirmed as the first person in the Chinese capital to be infected with the H7N9 strain, waves as she arrives for a news conference in Beijing, on April 17, 2013. A seven-year-old girl who contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu left hospital on Wednesday and appeared before media in an apparent bid by health authorities to cool concerns about the deadly virus. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - A seven-year-old girl who contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu left hospital on Wednesday and appeared before media in an apparent bid by health authorities to cool concerns about the deadly virus.

The daughter of poultry traders was Beijing's first confirmed human case of the virus, which has killed 16 people and infected scores of people hundreds of kilometres away in eastern China over the past few weeks.

Wearing a bright blue coat and pink backpack, she said she was feeling "much better", at a press conference held by hospital authorities.

"I miss home ... I want to return home and play," she said.

 
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