Fourteen cases of H7N9 have been found in China

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Gregory Hartl

Six of the 14 people who contracted H7N9 in China have died, according to the World Health Organization.

The China National Health and Family Planning Commission informed the World Health Organization, WHO, on Friday that the 14 cases were found in four provinces, Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

While those who were in close contact with the confirmed cases are being monitored, so far none of them have tested positive for the virus.

Gregory Hartl is with the World Health Organization in Geneva.

The adaptation of a gene within the H7N9 virus has allowed this virus to become able to infect mammals. And this adaptation means that we are now seeing human infections with what was an avian influenza virus.

Hartl says at this time, there is no evidence of sustained human to human transmission.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration: 57"

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