June 12, 2017 / 9:17 AM / 2 years ago

FACTBOX-China bird flu death toll hits 37 in May

    BEIJING, June 12 (Reuters) - China reported another 37 fatalities from H7N9
bird flu in May, the government said on Monday, taking the death toll since
October to at least 268. 
    China reported as many as 108 deaths from the same virus in the last three
months, spurring further concerns about the spread of the deadly virus,
according to data from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
    The death toll tends to drop towards the end of winter.
    Chinese disease control experts warned the public to stay alert for H7N9
avian flu and stay away from live poultry, with the commission saying new cases
of human infection remained at a low level in the last two weeks of May,
according to a statement released on its website earlier this month. 
    The National Health and Family Planning Commission did not disclose the
location of fatalities or infections.
    The H7N9 virus is likely to strike in winter and spring, and farmers have in
the recent years ramped up measures such as cleaning regimes to prevent the
disease. China has confirmed five bird flu outbreaks among poultry this winter,
which has led to the culling of more than 175,000 birds. 
    China, the world's third-largest producer of broiler chickens and the
second-biggest consumer of poultry, has also closed some live poultry markets
after people and chickens were infected by the avian flu strains.
    Here is a table for the poultry and human bird flu cases reported in China,
including the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau:
 Location    Birds     Birds    Virus      Details
             infected  culled   strain     
 Total       63,338    175,308  H5N6       
 Xinjiang    16,000    55,903   H5N6       Strain confirmed in
                                           Yining, a city of
                                           500,000 people
 Sichuan     13,000    38,000   H5N6       Strain confirmed in
                                           Deyang, a city of 3.5
                                           million people 
 Gansu       30,000    77,172   H5N6       Strain confirmed in a
                                           district in Jinchang,
                                           a city of 470,000
 Hubei       4,338     2,166    H5N6       Strain confirmed in
                                           Xiaochang, a city of
                                           4.8 million people
 Hunan                 2,067    H5N6       Strain confirmed on a
                                           goose farm in
                                           Yuanjiang, a city of
                                           760,000 people 
 Location    People    Deaths   Virus      Details 
 Total       713*      268*     H7N9       
 Guangdong   35        10       H7N9       Province reported 14
                                           infections in Dec and
                                           21 in Jan. Warned
                                           that about 30 percent
                                           of live poultry
                                           markets infected with
                                           Guangzhou suspended
                                           markets for some days
                                           through March
 Hunan       20        5        H7N9       Authorities closed
                                           live poultry markets
                                           in several cities
                                           including provincial
                                           capital Changsha
 Zhejiang    35                 H7N9       Provinces ordered all
                                           live poultry markets
 Jiangsu     4                  H7N9       Three cities -
                                           Suzhou, Wuxi and
                                           Changzhou - suspended
                                           live poultry trade
                                           after neighbouring
                                           provinces infected
 Anhui       5         2        H7N9       The province shut
                                           some livestock
                                           markets and stepped
                                           up sterilisation
 Fujian      1                  H7N9                   
 Jiangxi     6                  H7N9                   
 Guizhou     2                  H7N9                   
 Shanghai    4                  H7N9                   
 Shandong    2         1        H7N9                   
 Henan                 2        H7N9       
 Beijing     1                  H7N9       
 Yunan                 1        H7N9       
 Guangxi     3         1        H7N9       
 Hong Kong   3         2        H7N9                   
 Macau       2                  H7N9                   
 * China's government did not specify where each human infection
 case took place. 
 (Reporting by Hallie Gu and Josephine Mason; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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