Bird flu has claimed the lives of two people in China. According to an official agency, the H7N9 strain of avian influenza has never previously been seen in humans.
The two men, aged 87 and 27, contracted the virus in late February and died in early March in Shanghai, one of China’s largest cities. Another woman in nearby Anghui province is in a critical condition in hospital.
Euronews spoke to Shanghai resident Zhang Dong’er. He said, “I was shocked when I heard the news about bird flu because we haven’t heard anything like this for a long time. I was worried when I learned that two men have already died as a result of bird flu.”
Lio Lujie also lives in the same city and expressed worries about public knowledge of the issue. “We’re all concerned that the virus might spread further after this incident. Now it seems nothing can be done, not everyone is aware of the problem, and not everybody will be able to take precautions against it”.
All three cases displayed similar symptoms – a high fever and coughing that developed into pneumonia. China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission has said that the virus doesn’t seem highly contagious as none of the victims’ close contacts showed any health abnormalities.
Despite their reassurances, there is as yet no known vaccine for the virus.
- 1The nuclear waste site at the heart of Canada’s wildfires
- 2A handshake, a kiss and a hug at historic meeting of Catholic and Muslim leaders
- 3Missing EgyptAir flight made no “swerves” before crashing – Cairo
- 4French union blockades spark petrol shortages
- 5Austria’s president-elect talks of uniting his divided country
- 1EgyptAir crash: airline says Flight MS804 wreckage found
- 2Venezuela economy fractured with shortages of essentials across the country
- 3The nuclear waste site at the heart of Canada’s wildfires
- 4Crimean Tatars look for Eurovision boost on day of national tragedy
- 5Kazakh police break up anti-government protests
Latest world news
EgyptAir crash: ‘suggestion of explosion on board,’ says Egyptian forensic official
Iran appoints hardliner Ahmad Jannati to lead powerful assembly
Obama ‘significantly concerned’ about civil liberties in Vietnam
Greece begins evacuation of Idomeni refugee camp
Brazil in crisis after leaked tape forces out interim President’s ally
Wires > News
- 13:34 CET Rome prosecutors suspect mafia of rigging exam for prison guard…
- 13:09 CET French police break up refinery blockade in anti-reform showdown
- 13:08 CET Israel resumes cement shipments for private Gaza reconstruction…
- 13:00 CET Greece starts moving migrants camped at border to state facilities
- 12:59 CET Cyprus president cuts short Turkey trip after protocol row
- 12:55 CET Surge in eastern fighting kills seven Ukrainian soldiers – official
- 12:49 CET Thai blaze victim, 10, ‘called for her mum and dad until voice was…
- 12:39 CET EU executive gives Poland more time in rule of law probe