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China says spread of bird flu slowing, vows to stiffen controls
February 16, 2017 / 9:55 AM / 9 months ago

China says spread of bird flu slowing, vows to stiffen controls

BEIJING (Reuters) - The rate at which human cases of bird flu are being reported in China is declining, health authorities said on Thursday, vowing to stiffen controls on markets and transport of live poultry to battle the spread of the virus.

A vendor catches chickens at a poultry market in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei province November 11, 2006. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Eight new human infections of the H7N9 avian flu were reported between Feb. 12 and Feb. 14, indicating the rate of new cases had clearly declined compared with the week of Feb. 6 to Feb. 12, when 69 new cases, including 8 deaths, were reported, the National Health and Family Planning Commision said on its website.

To fight the spread, the commission is advising authorities to take stronger measures to monitor the virus, suspend or permanently close live poultry markets and tighten curbs on transport of the animals, it said.

Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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