• Kyodo


Medical experts have determined that the rare H7N9 type of bird flu that has infected at least seven people around the Shanghai area, leaving two dead and the others critically ill, is likely a pathologically virulent strain that could cause serious medical complications once infected, sources close to the study said Wednesday.

The World Health Organization has said so far there has been no evidence of human-to-human transmission, but medical experts believe the H7N9 virus could easily mutate into a strain making person-to-person infection possible.

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