No need to flap over China's bird flu - WHO doctors

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No need to flap over China's bird flu - WHO doctors

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The World Health Organisation has said there is no cause for panic even though a new strain of bird flu has spread to humans in China.

Six people have died from the H7N9 flu virus but the WHO praised China for its swift efforts to contain the spread.

Liang Mannian who is heading the fight against the outbreak said: “This H7N9 is a new type of avian virus and it has started to spread but we have found no evidence of transmission from humans to other humans.”

There are no known cases outside China, and health officials believe the number of patients is relatively small.

The head of the World Health Organisation in China, Michael O’Leary said: “The WHO does not advise special screenings at points of entry with regard to this event, nor does it recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied.”

So far, more than 20 people are known to have contracted this new bird flu, and several hundred more who have been in contact with those known patients are being closely monitored. According to Chinese doctors they are not showing any sign of infection.