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Fears over new strain of bird flu in China

Fears over new strain of bird flu in China
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The death toll from a new strain of bird flu in China is believed to be at least 6. Authorities in Shanghai have been slaughtering birds at a poultry market in the city after the H7N9 virus was detected from samples of pigeons. 14 people have been reported as having been infected by the strain, all in Eastern China.

Concern that bird flu could spread sparked concerns in the region with Japan advising passengers entering the country to seek medical advice if they showed any symptoms. The strain does not appear to pass from human to human, however authorities were taking precautions.

In Hong Kong, shares fell to a four month low over worries that this new strain of bird flu could hurt the domestic economy. Meanwhile in Europe, airline shares dropped on fears it could spread globally.