Few more cases of H7N9 bird flu in China but no sign of person-to-person spread

As of today, April 12, the reporting of 3 new cases of H7N9 bird flu in Zhejiang Province brings the total so far to 43 cases in three provinces. There have been 11 deaths. Intensive investigations continue to determine how widely this virus might have spread in domestic and wild birds and how people are becoming infected. Chinese authorities continue to monitor close contacts of infected patients, and so far none of more than 800 people have become ill.

The World Health Organization has not advised any travel restrictions, but travellers to the affected provinces should avoid all live poultry markets. Frequent hand washing is a good way to reduce the risk of acquiring any type of flu virus.

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