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updated: 4/12/2013 10:39 AM

China reports new bird flu death, 2 new infections

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  • Chickens are hung in line at a slaughterhouse, approved by the municipal government to process poultry, after live poultry trading was banned following the H7N9 bird flu outbreak, in Pudong, Shanghai Friday, April 12, 2013. After a new and lethal strain of bird flu emerged in Shanghai two weeks ago, the government of China's bustling financial capital responded with live updates on a Twitter-like microblog. It's a starkly different approach than a decade ago, when Chinese officials silenced reporting as a deadly pneumonia later known as SARS killed dozens in the south.

      Chickens are hung in line at a slaughterhouse, approved by the municipal government to process poultry, after live poultry trading was banned following the H7N9 bird flu outbreak, in Pudong, Shanghai Friday, April 12, 2013. After a new and lethal strain of bird flu emerged in Shanghai two weeks ago, the government of China's bustling financial capital responded with live updates on a Twitter-like microblog. It's a starkly different approach than a decade ago, when Chinese officials silenced reporting as a deadly pneumonia later known as SARS killed dozens in the south.
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BEIJING -- Chinese health authorities have reported another bird flu death and two new cases of infection.

The new cases reported Friday in Shanghai bring the total number of deaths in China due to the new bird flu virus, known as H7N9, to 11. Another 29 people have been infected. All of the cases have been in eastern China.

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China first began reporting cases of the new virus on March 31 and has ordered preventive and containment measures. Shanghai, the epicenter of the outbreak, has ordered residents to watch for high fevers, breathing difficulties and other symptoms. Hospitals have set up fever clinics to deal with those who show up with flu-like symptoms.

Many of these measures were enacted following China's 2003 SARS outbreak, when authorities were faulted for a poor response.

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