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China reports 60 H7N9 infections,13 fatalities
April 15, 2013, 6:06 am


H7N9 is a bird flu virus not previously seen in humans [Xinhua]

China reported 11 new H7N9 human infections on Sunday, bringing the total number of such cases around the country to 60.

H7N9 is a bird flu virus not previously seen in humans.

As of Sunday, Shanghai Municipality has reported 24 infection cases after three men were confirmed to be infected with the new strain on Saturday afternoon.

Shanghai Municipal Health & Family Planning Commission on Saturday afternoon confirmed that the three were tested positive for H7N9 bird flu virus.

Twenty-five people, who had closely contact with the three men, have been in medical observation, and none of them has yet shown flu symptoms.

Meanwhile, the city also reported two deaths, bringing the death toll from H7N9 in the country to 13 as of Sunday.

In the neighbouring Zhejiang Province, according to a statement from the provincial health department, four people have been tested positive for H7N9 and are still in critical conditions.

The H7N9 bird flu has spread to central China’s Henan Province and the capital of Beijing in north after two new infection cases were reported in Henan on Sunday morning and one child were tested positive for the strain on Saturday.

As of now, 60 H7N9 human infection cases have been reported nationwide with 24 in Shanghai, 16 in Jiangsu, 15 in Zhejiang, two in Anhui, two in Henan and one in Beijing. Of the 60 infected people, 13 were died.


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