WHO urges calm over China bird flu outbreak.

UN health body says now is “not a time for over-reaction or panic”, despite number of H7N9 infections rising to 21.World Health Organisation (WHO) said there had now been six deaths from H7N9 infections.

A strain of bird flu that has been found in humans for the first time in eastern China is not a cause for panic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said, as the number of people infected rose to 21, including six deaths.

The WHO on Monday praised China for mobilising resources nationwide to combat the H7N9 flu strain by culling tens of thousands of birds and monitoring hundreds of people close to those infected.

“So far, we really only have sporadic cases of a rare disease, and perhaps it will remain that way. So this is not a time for over-reaction or panic,” said Michael O’Leary, the WHO’s representative to China.

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