Human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 bird flu virus might occur on a limited scale in China, China Daily reported Tuesday, citing the World Health Organization representative to the country. But there is no evidence that the virus will become sustained or widespread among people, the report quoted Bernhard Schwartlander as saying. China has reported more than 200 human cases of H7N9 since March, including a Shanghai doctor who died from the infection on the weekend. “Since October, only one cluster was detected where human-to-human transmission might have occurred. We continue to expect only sporadic human cases,” Schwartlander said.
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