A seven-year-old girl tested positive for the H7N9 avian influenza virus and her parents attend 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/He Junchang)
BEIJING, April 21 (Xinhua) -- During the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. on Sunday, China confirmed six new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza, including five in Zhejiang and one in Jiangsu.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 102 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 20 that have ended in death.
Of the total, 12 H7N9 patients have been discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment, and the other 70 patients are being treated in designated hospitals, according to the commission.
A total of 33 cases, including 11 that have ended in death, have been reported in Shanghai. Twenty-four cases, including three deaths, have been reported in Jiangsu Province, and 38 cases, including five 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 human cases 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.
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WHO experts arrive in China for week-long H7N9 influenza assessment
GENEVA, April 19 (Xinhua) -- A joint mission of experts arrived in China to survey areas affected by H7N9 in Shanghai and Beijing for a week-long assessment of the influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
WHO spokesperson Glenn Thomas said the team of 15, including international and Chinese experts in epidemiology, laboratories, clinical management and other areas, will visit a number of sites in both Shanghai and Beijing in order to study the situation and provide recommendations on prevention and control of the disease. Full story