Risks of H7N9 bird flu spreading to neighboring countries have increased significantly with the proliferation of the virus among poultry in live markets in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi, the South China Morning Post reported Friday, citing a United Nations study. The Food and Agriculture Organisation urged countries sharing a border with China to review their emergency response plans to address a possible outbreak, the report said. The warning came after Guangxi reported two human cases of H7N9 on Tuesday involving a five-year-old boy and his 41-year-old mother. Guangxi, which shares a border with Vietnam, was where the Chinese authorities tracked movement of H7N9 infection to live-bird markets between Jan. 24 and 28. It was also where the first human casualty was confirmed, the report said.
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