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Death toll from bird flu rises to 7 in eastern China


Shanghai, Apr 8 (EFE).- A man died from the H7N9 strain of bird flu in Shanghai, raising the death toll from the disease to seven in eastern China, where the number of cases of the illness rose to 24 in eight days, health officials said Monday.

The latest victim, a 65-year-old man whose family name is He, died in hospital Sunday. His disease was diagnosed after he died.

Another three people have been infected, one in the province of Anhui and two in Jiangsu, both regions of eastern China, health officials said.

The governments of the Shanghai and Jiangsu provinces, which have been most affected by the outbreak, said they examined people who had been in contact with the latest victims and that, for now, "no signs of infection have been found" among them.

All the infections and fatalities have occurred on the east coast of China, with the Shanghai metropolis the hardest hit by the virus.

A total of 24 cases of H7N9 flu have been detected, from Shanghai with 11 and Jiangsu with eight to Zhejiang with three and two in Anhui, officials said.

The contagion registered in the latter province extends the area affected by the virus to some 600 kilometers (370 miles) northwest of Shanghai.

As for the deaths, five were in Shanghai and the other two in Zhejiang.