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Shanghai reports two deaths in China bird flu outbreak

Published on Jan 20, 2014 4:45 PM
 
Live poultry for sale on a street in Shanghai on Jan 8, 2014. Two people have died from the H7N9 strain of bird flu in China's commercial hub Shanghai, including a medical doctor, the local government said Monday, the city's first fatalities from the virus this year. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Two people have died from the H7N9 strain of bird flu in China's commercial hub Shanghai, including a medical doctor, the local government said Monday, the city's first fatalities from the virus this year.

The victims included a 31-year-old surgeon who worked at the Shanghai Pudong New Area People's Hospital, the city health commission and hospital said, but gave no details on how he was infected.

Local media said the doctor worked in the emergency room and kept reporting for duty even though he experienced a fever for a week. He left a pregnant wife, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported.

The other victim was a 77-year-old man, described as a farmer, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement. Shanghai had registered seven cases of bird flu so far this year, it said.

 
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