China reports new H7N9 case; study details virus in markets

Friday, January 10, 2014
By Paul Martin

Lisa Schnirring
CIDRAP News
Jan 09, 2014

Chinese health officials today reported another infection with the H7N9 avian flu virus, in a 51-year-old woman from Zhejiang province, and the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged seven of the country’s recent cases, noting that four of the patients had contact with live poultry or a market setting.

The woman from Zhejiang province is in serious condition at a hospital in Hangzhou, according to a statement today from Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP). No details were available about the source of her infection or contacts she had. Zhejiang has now reported 53 H7N9 cases, the most of any Chinese province.

The illness lifts the number of H7N9 infections reported by China and its close neighbors to 157, which includes 49 deaths. The woman’s infection is the ninth such case reported since the first of the year.

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