Thursday, April 4, 2013

#H7N9 - 11 Cases Total; HK Health Experts Meet in Shanghai to Gather & Exchange New Flu Strain

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 flu strain.

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.

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