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Bird flu kills 2 in China

BEIJING (Reuters) – Two people in the Chinese province of Anhui have died of bird flu infection, the first fatalities among this winter’s avian flu cases in China, as neighbors South Korea and Japan tried to curb their own outbreaks of the virus.

Anhui has reported five cases of H7N9 avian flu since Dec 8, including two deaths, the province’s health authority said in a statement dated Dec 21, posted on its website.

It did not say whether the other three people had recovered or not.

The Anhui cases bring the total number of people infected with the H7N9 virus in mainland China this month to at least seven.

Health authorities in Shanghai said on Wednesday a man diagnosed with the H7N9 strain was being treated there, after travelling from the neighbouring province of Jiangsu. Shanghai is China’s biggest city with more than 24 million residents.

The local government in Jiangsu was looking into the origin of the infection, the provincial health authority said on Thursday.