April 4, 2013
A fourth person has died of human H7N9 avian flu infection in China
and another person is in hospital after contracting the virus, Chinese
health officials announced on Thursday.
These infections bring the death toll to four and the total number of reported cases of humans infected with the virus to 11.
The latest death from the virus occurred in Shanghai, bringing the
city’s death total from H7N9 to three. One person also died in Zhejiang
province, close to Shanghai.
Shanghai Health Bureau said on Thursday a 48-year-old Jiangsu man,
who worked in the chicken and duck transportation business, died on
Wednesday morning after contracting the virus.
A 64-year-old farmer from Wuxing district in Huzhou city who was
hospitalised on Sunday tested positive by the Zhejiang Disease Control
and Prevention Centre for the virus on Wednesday night, Xinhua news
agency reported on Thursday.
No abnormal conditions were found in the 55 people the man had been in close contact with, the report said.
Also on Thursday, an expert team of Hong Kong health officials set
off on a trip to Shanghai to gather and exchange information on the new
The six-member Hong Kong team sent to Shanghai is led by the Hong
Kong Hospital Authority’s head of infection, emergency and contingency
planning, Dr Liu Shao-haei, and consists of officials from the
authority, the Centre for Health Protection, and Yuen Kwok-yung, chair
professor of the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Microbiology.
The team will meet with Shanghai experts over two days to exchange
treatment and clinical reviews regarding H7N9 influenza infection.