BEIJING (April 6, 2013)--Shanghai has reported two more cases of human infection of a new bird flu virus strain that has killed six people in eastern China and so far sickened 12 other people in the country.
Health officials believe people are contracting the H7N9 virus through direct contact with infected fowl and say there's no evidence the virus is spreading easily between people.
Shanghai's government said Saturday that the latest victims are a 74-year-old peasant and a 66-year-old retiree.
The agriculture ministry ordered the city to halt its live poultry trade and to slaughter all fowl in markets where the virus has been found.
The capital cities of the neighboring provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu also have suspended sales of live poultry.
Both provinces have reported H7N9 cases.