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Three H7N9 bird flu cases in same Chinese family: Report

Published on Jan 29, 2014 12:40 PM
 
Health officials in protective suits putting a goose into a sack as part of preventive measures against the H7N9 bird flu at a poultry market in Zhuji, Zhejiang province on January 5, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Three members of the same Chinese family have contracted H7N9 bird flu in the province worst-affected by the current spike in cases, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

A couple and their daughter in Hangzhou, the capital of the eastern province of Zhejiang, were infected one after another, Xinhua said late on Tuesday, without giving further details.

Health authorities are investigating, it added.

China's human H7N9 outbreak began in February 2013 and sparked fears the virus could mutate to become easily transmissible between people, potentially triggering a pandemic.

 
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