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Shenzhen Finds H7N9 Flu Virus in Markets Near Hong Kong

More people risk being sporadically infected with bird flu in China’s southern province of Guangdong, the Chinese government said after finding the virus in live poultry markets.

The Guangdong province health authority examined 70 samples from 13 live poultry markets in Shenzhen city, it said in a statement yesterday. Three samples tested positive for the H7N9 avian influenza virus, it said.

Hong Kong has stepped up surveillance of travelers with fever after finding two cases of a new strain of bird flu that killed at least 45 people in China. The first case is a 36-year-old Indonesian woman who traveled to Shenzhen to buy and slaughter a chicken, and the second is an 80-year-old man who was hospitalized in the Chinese city last month before moving to Hong Kong.
 
 

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