Wearing a protective suit against a new strain of bird flu, a slaughterhouse employee stands next to chickens on a processing production line in Shanghai on April 12. (Pictures: New Bird Flu Hits China.)
The deadly H7N9 virus has killed 24 and infected more than 125 in China, according to the World Health Organization, which described it as "one of the most lethal" flu viruses.
Scientists say that for now the flu is being transmitted only from birds—most probably chickens—to humans, according to Reuters.
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"I love this eerie frame. We're brought into the final, dramatic moment between one unfortunate chicken and its slayer. The intensity is heightened by how the photographer framed the image, leaving out the faces and drawing all focus to the blood-spattered apron and knife." —Ben Fitch, assistant photo editor
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