H7N9 bird flu not being spread by human-to-human contact, says WHO | Bangkok Post: news

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New bird flu 'not spread by people'

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There is no proof that the H7N9 bird flu virus is being transmitted between people in China, the World Health Organisation said, despite several members of a family falling ill in Shanghai. 

China announced just over a week ago that the virus had been found in humans for the first time, and the number of confirmed cases has since risen to 21, with six deaths.

"Although we do not know the source of infection, at this time there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission," Michael O'Leary, the WHO's representative in China, told a news conference in Beijing.

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