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China bird flu infected count rises to 127
May 2, 2013, 8:31 am


26 infected people have recovered, says the commission [Xinhua]

China has reported another 19 new cases of H7N9 infection last week, health authorities said on Wednesday.

127 people have been infected so far by the avian flu, according to China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission.

The 19 new cases were reported from Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian and Shandong, and in the central provinces of Hunan and Henan, according to the commission.

The virus has killed 26 people in the mainland, while 26 infected people have recovered, the commission said.

China’s ministry of finance (MOF) said in April that it has allocated 303 million yuan ($48.6 million) to aid in the prevention of human infections of the H7N9 avian flu.

The money will be used to subsidise projects aimed at monitoring cases of H7N9 infection, the MOF said in a statement.

Visiting WHO officials have said there is yet no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 virus.

With inputs from Xinhua