Wednesday, May 29, 2013

#H7N9 China A New Case, 6 yo in Beijing

On 28/5, Chinese health officials announced the country capital Beijing has recorded the second case of avian influenza H7N9 virus infection. The patient is a 6-year-old boy living in Haidian District, admitted from 21/5 after suffering fever and headache and test results show positive for H7N9 virus. Currently the health of the patient is stable. With this latest case, the Chinese mainland has confirmed 131 cases of H7N9 virus infection, including 37 deaths.  

Meanwhile, Xinhua reported on 28/5, China has published a study 30 of the latest scientific research specialist medical science to this country from 7 provinces of H7N9 results showed that H7N9 flu virus seems to attack the elderly. Of the 111 patients from 7 provinces studied, the average age is 61 in some cases from the 65 and older accounted for 42.3% and the oldest is 88 years old.

Additionally, the rate of infection H7N9 higher in men compared with women twice, but the researchers said it is unclear what proportion of this difference may be due to genetic or not and the issue should continue to be considered more carefully.

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