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Shanghai death toll rises to 9

TWO more fatalities and three new H7N9 cases were reported in Shanghai yesterday, taking the city's death toll to nine.

The new patients are being treated at local hospitals while their close contacts have shown no abnormal symptoms.

All three patients are men - two retirees from Shanghai and a man from Jiangxi Province.

One of Shanghai men, a 73-year-old, had a fever on April 5 and went to hospital on April 8 after self-medication failed to have any effect. He tested positive for H7N9 on Saturday.

The man from Jiangxi, a 54-year-old, tested positive for the virus yesterday.

He was diagnosed with pneumonia on April 12.

The third patient, a 78-year-old, was diagnosed with pneumonia on April 7 and also confirmed to have the virus yesterday.

The deaths of a 67-year-old woman and a 77-year-old man overnight on Saturday were announced yesterday. They had been confirmed as having the H7N9 bird flu virus on April 4.

The city has now reported 24 H7N9 cases. One child who recovered has been discharged from hospital while 14 patients are being treated in isolation.

The Shanghai Agricultural Commission said it tested 912 samples collected from local poultry farms yesterday, all of which proved negative.

Quarantine checks were also carried out at 112 poultry farms, three wholesale markets, 15 supermarkets with cold stores and 98 other related companies.

Two vehicles carrying birds to the city were turned around.


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