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People testing positive for new bird flu strain after no contact with poultry: WHO

A number of people who have tested positive for a new strain of bird flu in China have had no contact with poultry, the World Health Organisation said yesterday, adding to the mystery about the virus that has killed 16 people to date.

BEIJING // A number of people who have tested positive for a new strain of bird flu in China have had no contact with poultry, the World Health Organisation said yesterday, adding to the mystery about the virus that has killed 16 people to date.

"This is one of the puzzles still [to] be solved and therefore argues for a wide investigation net," a WHO spokesman said.