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Flu Virus in China Has Pandemic Potential, Scientists Say

A dangerous influenza virus spreading in China's live poultry markets has the potential to become a worldwide pandemic, researchers say. They are calling for these markets to be permanently closed to protect global public health. H7N9 flu has infected roughly 650 people, mostly in China. Almost all of those patients had contact with poultry. Nearly 40 percent of them have died, an unusually high rate for influenza. Those who died generally had other medical problems. While the...

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