BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhua) -- During the 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m. on Thursday, China confirmed five new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza, including one in Shanghai, one in Jiangsu, two in Zhejiang and one in Henan.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 87 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 17 that have ended in death.
Of the total, six H7N9 patients have been discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment, and the other 64 patients are being treated in designated hospitals, according to the commission.
A total of 32 cases, including 11 that have ended in death, have been reported in Shanghai. Twenty-one cases, including three deaths, have been reported in Jiangsu Province, and 27 cases, including two deaths, in Zhejiang Province. Anhui Province has reported three cases, with one ending in death. Beijing has reported one case and three have been reported in Henan Province.
China officially confirmed the occurrence of humans infected with the H7N9 virus late last month.
According to the commission, China's confirmed H7N9 cases are isolated and there has been no sign of human-to-human transmission.
BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese mainland will provide Taiwan with human H7N9 avian influenza virus strain, allowing the two sides to jointly explore new detection and prevention methods, mainland health authorities said Thursday.
Under the application of the Taiwan Disease Control Bureau, a batch of H7N9 virus strain provided by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDCP) is expected to be transported to Taiwan on Friday, according to the CCDCP. Full story
BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhua) -- The government has ordered suspension of wild bird sales to prevent spread of the H7N9 bird flu.
The State Forestry Administration Thursday urged local authorities to beef up epidemic surveillance, suspend transactions of wild birds and ban close contact between humans and animals in zoos, according to an emergency notice issued by the administration. Full story
BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Animal infections of the H7N9 avian flu have only been detected in live poultry markets and a single wild pigeon, agricultural authorities said Wednesday.
Of the 47,801 samples collected from more than 1,000 poultry markets, habitats, farms and slaughterhouses across the country, 39 samples have tested positive for the virus, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement. Full story
HANGZHOU, April 17 (Xinhua) -- The Health Bureau of east China's Zhejiang Province on Wednesday reported four new cases of H7N9 bird flu, bringing the total number of confirmed H7N9 cases in the province to 25.
The four cases include a 37-year-old woman surnamed Liao, a 74-year-old man surnamed Niu, a 86-year-old man surnamed Zhao and a 41-year-old man surnamed Zhang. Full story
BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used in the treatment of 24 of the 77 H7N9 cases reported across China as of Wednesday, according to the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Citing the case of a Beijing girl who was discharged from a hospital Wednesday afternoon, Liu Qingquan, a member of the TCM expert team for the prevention and control of human infections of H7N9, said at a press briefing that TCM was administered 15 hours after the patient took Western medicines when her temperature hit 39.8 degrees Celsius. Full story