By  on April 22, 2013

SHANGHAI — With only a few days left before millions of Chinese embark on vacations for annual May Day holidays, tourism operators both on the mainland and in Hong Kong are taking precautions as a rare strain of bird flu continues to spread.

As of Sunday afternoon, 102 cases of the H7N9 avian flu have been reported in China, 21 of which have been fatal, according to the state-run China Daily newspaper. Initial cases, first reported at the end of March, emerged in Shanghai and neighboring provinces in eastern China. New cases have since been found in Beijing and Henan Province, located in central China. World Health Organization representatives studying the virus said there are indications that the bird flu has been spread between humans, according to the China Daily. The source of the virus still remains unknown.

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