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H7N9 flu: New map pinpoints 5 Asian countries besides China are at risk

Published on Jun 17, 2014 11:21 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Five Asian countries could join China as targets for the H7N9 bird flu virus that has claimed about a hundred lives since it erupted in March 2013, scientists said Tuesday.

Parts of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam are at risk because, like China, they have live bird markets in densely populated areas, the team said.

Places potentially at risk include urban centres on the coast of east and south-east China where H7N9 has not been reported; parts of the Bengal regions of Bangladesh and India; Vietnam's Red River and Mekong deltas; and isolated areas of Indonesia and the Philippines.

A map published in the journal Nature Communications, seeks to provide watchdogs with a tool to identify H7N9's possible flare points.

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