China reports 4 more H7N9 infections, 1 fatal

Saturday, February 1, 2014
By Paul Martin

Lisa Schnirring
CIDRAP News
Jan 31, 2014

With China celebrating its Lunar New Year holiday today, new reports of H7N9 avian flu cases slowed, with only one province reporting cases, four of them, along with one death.

Lunar New Year holiday celebrations extend into next week, and health officials have said they expect to see more H7N9 cases, as families gather and live-poultry transport and sales escalate. The resurgence in H7N9 cases has already pushed the case total in the second wave higher than that in the first.

In other developments, the World Health Organization (WHO) provided another update on the latest reports it has received from China and updated background documents with the latest information about the disease.

Four new cases, one fatal
The FluTrackers infectious disease news message board today noted that Guangdong province reported four new cases, in a 28-year-old man who is in critical condition, an 82-year-old man who is in critical condition, a 59-year-old man who died from his infection, and an 81-year-old woman who is in stable condition.

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