30-01-2014 03:29 AM | China

No proof of direct poultry-to-human transmissions

China's Ministry of Agriculture says there is so far no proof of any direct transmission of the H7N9 bird flu from poultry to humans. The ministry said on Wednesday that it had collected over 1.6 million poultry and environment samples in 2013, of which only 88 samples had tested positive for the H7N9 virus.

So far in 2014, the ministry has taken another 33,000 samples, eight of which were found to be positive. All of the positive samples came from live poultry markets.
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