China reported two new human cases of avian influenza, bringing to 14 the number of people in the country known to have been infected. France's government said wild birds have died of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.
A 9-year-old girl in Zhejiang province and a 26-year-old farmer in Annhui province are infected with H5N1 strain of the virus, China's Ministry of Health said in a statement on its Web site dated Feb. 25. People having close contact with them haven't shown symptoms, the statement said.
``The virus is endemic in many parts of China, so it's not surprising to see new human cases in the country,'' said Alphaluck Bhatiasevi, the World Health Organization's spokeswoman in China. ``Where there's a poultry infection, there's a likelihood new human cases will occur.''