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New killer strain of bird flu in China not previously found in humans – Elizabeth Cohen reports

FROM CNN WIRES:

Hong Kong (CNN) - Two people in China have died and another remains critical after falling ill with a strain of bird flu not detected before in humans, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

Both of those who died, men aged 27 and 87, lived in Shanghai, while a 35-year-old woman in Chuzhou city in nearby Anhui province is in the hospital, the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission said Sunday, according to Xinhua. The victims all had initial symptoms of fever and coughing that then developed into severe pneumonia and difficulty in breathing, Xinhua reported.

A team of experts assigned by the health commission established that the three cases were human infections of H7N9 avian influenza, which has not been found in humans previously, the news agency reported.

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on this new strain of bird flu found in China, and the chances it will make its way towards the United States.

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