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The WHO confirms four cases as scientists assess risks based on genetic monitoring and lab tests.
Officials detail poultry exposures for recent cases and reveal a family connection in two of them.
Hong Kong detects a second imported H7N9 case, while mainland China reports another.
Influenza activity in the United States edged slightly higher during Thanksgiving week.
An exhaustive 2-year effort gives the US an overall score of 7.2 out of 10.
Recent cases don't change the nation's status but can threaten health security, the CDC said.
Plan aims to streamline inspections and give inspectors more flexibility.
The WHO's emergency committee decided not to call MERS a public health emergency at this point.
Findings include risky handling of ground beef and chicken and poor shipping of leafy greens.
The US flu season is picking up, and 2009 H1N1 is the dominant strain so far.
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