New Strand of Bird Flu Kills Six

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BEIJING (AP) - The World Health Organization is talking with the Chinese government about sending international experts to China to help investigate a new bird flu strain that has killed six. Most of the 21 people stricken so far got severely ill.

Michael O'Leary, head of WHO's office in China, told reporters in Beijing that the international health organization had confidence in China's efforts to track and control the outbreak of H7N9 infections.

But growing interest in the virus globally has prompted WHO to consider sending a team.

O'Leary said the two sides were in discussions and it was not yet clear when such a team might arrive in China. It would likely include epidemiological experts.

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