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More China Cities Slaughter Poultry as H7N9 Bird Flu Cases Rise

Two more Chinese cities slaughtered poultry after residents were infected with the deadly H7N9 strain of avian influenza as Shanghai confirmed two new cases of a virus that’s already killed six people.

In Hangzhou, where two out of three people diagnosed with the disease have died, trade at a farm-produce market was suspended after the virus was found in quail and a cull started yesterday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. In Nanjing, where three people have been diagnosed with the disease, live poultry trading was halted and more than 8,400 birds seized, the China News Service said yesterday.