|A girl surnamed Yao, who was tested positive for the H7N9 avian influenza virus, shows a certificate awarded by the hospital to praise her performance during the treatment while attending a press briefing before leaving the Beijing Ditan Hospital in Beijing, capital of China, April 17, 2013. The girl surnamed Yao was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. After six days of treatment in the hospital, the temperature of the girl has stabilized, and her breathing and blood tests have also improved. Yao, who was confirmed as the first H7N9 infection case in China's capital on April 13, has tested negative for the H7N9 virus over the past three days. The medical observation for her parents were also terminated Wednesday, as neither of them have shown any abnormal symptoms. (Xinhua/Li Wen)
BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhua) -- A seven-year-old girl in Beijing who was infected with H7N9 bird flu, the first such case in the Chinese capital, was discharged from hospital Wednesday afternoon, local health authorities announced.
The girl, surnamed Yao, has fully recovered and has tested negative for the H7N9 virus on four occasions, according to sources with the Beijing Municipal Health Bureau at a press briefing at the Beijing Ditan Hospital, where the girl was being treated.
She was allowed to leave the hospital after meeting physical condition standards, the bureau said. The medical observation of her parents, the only two people who have had close contact with her, was also terminated on Wednesday.
Yao was hospitalized on April 11 and confirmed as the first H7N9 infection case in Beijing on April 13.
Meanwhile, a four-year-old carrying the H7N9 virus in Beijing is in stable condition, and his medical observation in Ditan Hospital will end soon, said Chen Zhihai, director of the hospital's infectious disease department.
As of Tuesday night, 77 H7N9 bird flu cases have been reported across China, of which 16 have ended in death, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.