9 New H7N9 Bird Flu Cases Reported In China A Week Before New Year’s; Zhejiang Province Closes Live Poultry Markets

Saturday, January 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Susan Scutti
Jan 24, 2014

Today Xinhua reported nine new cases of H7N9 bird flu in China, including one case, the first for the year, in Beijing. Among the other new cases, one occurred in Guangdong Province, and seven in Zhejiang Province, where government officials forced the cities’ live poultry markets to close.

Provincial health authorities in Zhejiang told Xinhua all those who have been newly infected, people ranging in age from 23 to 82, are in critical condition. These seven bird flu infections have brought the total number of new cases in the province so far this year to 44, the most among all regions in China. For 15 consecutive days since Jan. 9, Zhejiang has seen new human H7N9 cases, reported the provincial health and family planning commission, and as a result, the government has also suspended events such as circuses involving live animals in addition to halting all live poultry trading.

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