Nine people from Guangdong province have been punished over online rumors about H7N9 bird flu, Xinhua reported Saturday, citing Huizhou police. A 23-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were detained Friday and will remain in detention for five days for posting rumors on microblogs and internet forums that were then widely distributed, the report said. Another seven people who spread the rumors online were fined 200 yuan (US$33) each. One post said a pregnant female doctor from Huizhou People’s Hospital had died of H7N9 and doctors involved in her treatment quarantined. Another post said more than 5,500 poultry and many people in Huizhou were infected with the virus. Official investigations determined the rumors were unfounded, the report said.
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