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China confirms 4 new H7N9 cases

English.news.cn   2013-04-08 23:10:05            
 • China has confirmed four new cases of H7N9 avian influenza, including one death.
 • Total number of people infected with the bird flu virus in Chins rises to 24, of whom seven have died.
 • No epidemiological link between those cases has been identified to date.

 

BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese health authorities have said that, during the 24-hour period ending 5 p.m. on Monday, China has confirmed four new cases of H7N9 avian influenza, including one death.

This has brought the total number of people infected with the bird flu virus in the country to 24, of whom seven have died, the National Health and Family Planning Commission announced.

The agency said in a brief statement that between 5 p.m. on Sunday and 5 p.m. on Monday, two patients in east China's Jiangsu Province were confirmed to be infected with the H7N9 avian influenza virus, while the neighboring Anhui Province also reported a new case.

In Shanghai, one patient has already died after being newly confirmed as an H7N9 case.

China officially confirmed the occurrence of human infection with the H7N9 virus late last month.

A total of 11 cases, including five ending in fatalities, have been reported in Shanghai. Eight have been reported in Jiangsu, and two in Anhui. Three cases have been reported in the eastern Zhejiang Province, with two deaths.

No epidemiological link between those cases has been identified to date, the agency said, adding that those who have had close contact with people infected by H7N9 have been placed under medical observation.

It said the country's confirmed H7N9 cases were isolated and there has been no sign of human-to-human transmission.

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Efforts promised to monitor H7N9 bird flu

BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and Chinese health authorities have promised to closely follow the development of the H7N9 bird flu situation, suggesting the public should not panic.

At a press conference on Monday, WHO representative in China Dr. Michael O'Leary called on the public to remain calm. "Although we do not know the source of the infection, at this time there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission," he said.   Full story

No epidemic link among H7N9 infections: official

BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- No epidemic link indicating a human-to-human transmission has been detected so far among the H7N9 infections in China, an official of the country's health authority said.

The authorities have monitored 621 close contacts of the infected patients and to date there is no abnormality among them, said Liang Wannian, director of the H7N9 influenza prevention and control office under the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), at a press conference held by the commission on Monday. Full story

China to increase int'l H7N9 cooperation

BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- China will update countries on the H7N9 bird flu and seek more cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), a health official said at a Monday press conference.

WHO and China's neighboring countries, as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, will be updated on the situation, according to Liang Wannian, director of the H7N9 influenza prevention and control office under the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC). Full story

China more prepared than during SARS outbreak: official

BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- China is more prepared in handling public health emergencies than a decade ago when it fought the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a senior health official said Monday.

China's disease control network and related legislations have greatly improved in the past decade, said Liang Wannian, director of the H7N9 influenza prevention and control office under the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), at a Beijing press conference. Full story

China starts H7N9 vaccine development

BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- China has started research for the development of vaccines for the H7N9 bird flu virus, a health official said Monday.

However, complications in the development and manufacturing process mean it may take about six to eight months before the vaccine can be brought to market, said Liang Wannian, director of the H7N9 influenza prevention and control office under the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC). Full story

 
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