NEW: Two bird flu deaths occur in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces, a government agency says
NEW: There are 28 infections nationwide, but no human-to-human transmission, it adds
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China’s bird flu crisis showed no sign of easing Tuesday as the death toll rose to nine, a government agency said.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission announced two more fatalities Tuesday afternoon – one in Anhui province and the other in Jiangsu province.
These are the first bird flu-related deaths reported this year in those two provinces. Five deaths – and just less than half of the 28 confirmed infections nationwide – have been in Shanghai, according to the Chinese commission.
The virus had been found in pigeons but had not previously been discovered in humans until a series of cases were reported in China last week.