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    Woman held for ?spreading rumours? about bird flu

    Beijing, Feb 18 (PTI) A Chinese woman has been detained for allegedly spreading rumours of a deadly bird flu outbreak, causing widespread panic in China's central Hubei Province.

    Published: February 18, 2017 2:28 PM IST A post went viral on China?s biggest social network, WeChat, saying an outbreak of H7N9 human infection had attacked eight medical workers and some family members after a villager in the suburbs of Xiantao City was infected with bird flu.
    The post caused widespread panic and police launched an investigation, only to find it was sheer fabrication, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
    A woman, surnamed Chen, surrendered herself to police on Thursday night, saying she had fabricated the rumour and spread it on the social networking website.
    She has been put in detention for five days starting yesterday...