BEIJING Dec 23 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
neighbours 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
The Anhui cases bring the total number of people infected
with the H7N9 virus in mainland China this month to at least
Hong Kong this week reported its first human bird flu
infection for this season.
(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Ryan Woo and