- The Washington Times - Monday, April 1, 2013

Chinese authorities are puzzled after two Shanghai men died from a strain of bird flu that was originally believed to not be transmittable among humans.

A third person, a 35-year-old woman in the nearby province of Anhui, also contracted the H7N9 strain and was in critical condition, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report Sunday, according to Fox News.

There was no sign that any of those infected had contracted the disease from one another, and there was no sign of infection in the 88 people who had closest contact with them, the agency said.

The World Health Organization is “closely monitoring the situation” in China, regional agency spokesman Timothy O’Leary said in Manila, Fox News reports.

“There is apparently no evidence of human-to-human transmission, and transmission of the virus appears to be inefficient, therefore the risk to public health would appear to be low,” Mr. O’Leary said.

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