Sunday, April 7, 2013

China reports 20 H7N9 cases, 6 fatal

Xinhua: Chinese health authorities said that as of 5 p.m. Sunday, the country had reported a total of 20 H7N9 cases, including six that have ended in fatalities.

Two patients in Shanghai were confirmed to be infected by the H7N9 avian influenza virus within the 24 fours from 5 p.m. Saturday and are being treated, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a brief statement posted online.

Six people who had come into close contact with the two infected patients have been placed under medical observation, the agency said. Shanghai also reported two new confirmed H7N9 cases between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.

The agency said a total of 10 N7N9 cases, including four deaths, have been reported in Shanghai, and three cases, including two deaths, have been reported in east China's Zhejiang Province...

Colorized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses (seen in gold) grown in MDCK cells (seen in green). Avian influenza A viruses do not usually infect humans; however, several instances of human infections and outbreaks have been reported since 1997. When such infections occur, public health authorities monitor these situations closely. From the CDC

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