19 Jan 2009

More human bird flu cases likely, warns China

9:41 pm on 19 January 2009

China has warned of the risk of further human cases of bird flu in the run-up to the Lunar New Year holiday after two more cases during the weekend.

After not reporting any human infections in almost a year, China has confirmed three cases of the H5N1 virus in less than two weeks.

China's Agriculture Ministry says the frequent movement of poultry products as the holiday approaches is increasing the risk of virus outbreaks and transmission.

The latest infections bring China's total to 33 human bird flu cases. At least 22 people have died.