H7N9 bird flu resurges in China ahead of Lunar New Year

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Madison Park
Tue January 28, 2014

Hong Kong (CNN) — When Mr He, a 39-year-old furniture factory owner came down with flu symptoms late last year, he wasn’t worried.

According to his family, the man, who worked in Guangdong province in southern China, had always been healthy.

Weeks later, He was on a ventilator. Hospitalized for about 20 days, he slipped into a vegetative state and later died, his family said.

He was diagnosed as having H7N9 virus, a new strain of avian flu that jumped from birds to humans for the first time last year, said his close cousin, who requested not to be identified.

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“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “How could this happen to him? It all came so suddenly to a healthy person.”
In recent weeks, China has seen a spike in cases and experts are worried that infections will gather pace as the country celebrates the Lunar New Year this week – a peak time for travel and for poultry sales.

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