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FACTBOX-China bird flu death toll hits at least 108 this winter

Guangzhou suspended markets for some days through March [nL4N1EV3 OP] Hunan 20 5 H7N9 Authorities closed live poultry markets in several cities including provincial capital Changsha Zhejiang 35 H7N9 Provinces ordered all live poultry markets shut Jiangsu 4 H7N9 Three cities - Suzhou, Wuxi and Changzhou - suspended live poultry trade after neighbouring provinces infected Anhui 5 2 H7N9 The province shut some livestock markets and stepped up sterilisation Fujian 1 H7N9 Jiangxi 6 H7N9 Guizhou 2 H7N9 Shanghai 4 H7N9 Shandong 2 1 H7N9 Henan 2 H7N9 Beijing 1 H7N9 Yunan 1 H7N9 Guangxi 3 1 H7N9 Hong Kong 3 2 H7N9 Macau 2 H7N9 * China's government did not specify where each human infection case took place.

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China reported another 8 fatalities from H7N9 bird flu since mid-February, the government said, taking the death toll so far this winter to at least 108 and stirring further concerns about the spread of the deadly virus. China reported as many as 79 deaths from the same virus in January, the government said. The National Health and Family Planning Commission did not disclose the location of the fatalities or the infection rates. Chinese disease control experts have warned the public to stay alert for H7N9 avian flu, with the commission saying more than 340 cases of human infection have been reported since October. South Korea and Japan are also battling their own major outbreaks and have culled millions of chickens. The virus is likely to strike in winter and spring, and farmers have in recent years ramped up measures such as cleaning regimes to prevent the disease. China has confirmed five bird flu outbreaks among poultry this winter, which has led to the culling of more than 175,000 birds. China, the world's third-largest producer of broiler chickens and the second-biggest consumer of poultry, has also closed some live poultry markets after people and chickens were infected by the avian flu strains. Here is a table for the poultry and human bird flu cases reported in China, including the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau: Location Birds Birds Virus Details infected culled strain Total 63,338 175,308 H5N6 Xinjiang 16,000 55,903 H5N6 Strain confirmed in Yining, a city of 500,000 people Sichuan 13,000 38,000 H5N6 Strain confirmed in Deyang, a city of 3.5 million people Gansu 30,000 77,172 H5N6 Strain confirmed in a district in Jinchang, a city of 470,000 people Hubei 4,338 2,166 H5N6 Strain confirmed in Xiaochang, a city of 4.8 million people Hunan 2,067 H5N6 Strain confirmed on a goose farm in Yuanjiang, a city of 760,000 people Location People Deaths Virus Details Infected Total 343* 108* H7N9 Guangdong 35 10 H7N9 Province reported 14 infections in Dec and 21 in Jan. Warned that about 30 percent of live poultry markets infected with H7N9. Guangzhou suspended markets for some days through March [nL4N1EV3 OP] Hunan 20 5 H7N9 Authorities closed live poultry markets in several cities including provincial capital Changsha Zhejiang 35 H7N9 Provinces ordered all live poultry markets shut Jiangsu 4 H7N9 Three cities - Suzhou, Wuxi and Changzhou - suspended live poultry trade after neighbouring provinces infected Anhui 5 2 H7N9 The province shut some livestock markets and stepped up sterilisation Fujian 1 H7N9 Jiangxi 6 H7N9 Guizhou 2 H7N9 Shanghai 4 H7N9 Shandong 2 1 H7N9 Henan 2 H7N9 Beijing 1 H7N9 Yunan 1 H7N9 Guangxi 3 1 H7N9 Hong Kong 3 2 H7N9 Macau 2 H7N9 * China's government did not specify where each human infection case took place.

 

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