China reports twelve H7N9 bird flu deaths in Zhejiang province
BEIJING (AFP) - Twelve people have been killed by H7N9 bird flu in a single Chinese province this month, state media reported on Monday, as infections from the virus see a seasonal spike.
The deaths occurred in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the state-run Xinhua news agency said, citing local health authorities.
The report came as China was said to have dropped its previous description of H7N9 bird flu as "infectious" in new guidelines on how to deal with the disease.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission described it as a "communicable acute respiratory disease" in its 2014 diagnosis and treatment protocols. In the 2013 version, it was considered an "infectious disease".