Beijing reports its first case of H7N9 infection

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BEIJING (AP) - Beijing has reported its first confirmed case of the latest strain of bird flu virus, which has killed 11 and sickened 32 in eastern China.

The Beijing Health Bureau said Saturday that a 7-year-old girl, whose parents are in the live poultry trade, was admitted to hospital Thursday with symptoms of fever, sore throat, coughing and headache. It says she has been confirmed to be infected with the H7N9 virus after tests by disease control and prevention centers.

It is the first case reported outside eastern China, where the virus was first spotted in March, prompting massive slaughtering of live fowl and bans on poultry trade in several cities, including the financial hub Shanghai. Shanghai has reported 20 cases, including seven fatalities.

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