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The Health Ministry has said the H7N9 bird flu cases in China are isolated, and there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission so far.

But it is monitoring the situation closely.

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Pigeons in the park

Experts said that there is currently limited understanding of the H7N9 virus, and more study is needed.

However, experience shows that influenza viruses are usually species-specific.

Associate Professor Leo Yee Sin, clinical head of the Communicable Diseases Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, said: “In other words, they will only infect certain species in the environment, or certain limited species in the environment. Very rarely do we see cross-species infection. For example for influenza virus, there are a lot of these influenza viruses in the environment, carried by different migrating birds and waterfowl, but under very unusual circumstances, would you see a jump from animal to human.

Source: Channel News Asia

News Updates:
4 Ill in Jiangsu China :http://www.todayonline.com/chinaindia/china/4-more-seriously-ill-h7n9-virus-jiangsu
2 dead in Shanghai China :http://www.todayonline.com/chinaindia/china/two-deaths-shanghai-h7n9-bird-flu#inside

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