60 avian flu cases in China, 13 deadPublished On: Sun, Apr 14th, 2013 | Flu | By IANS
The total number of confirmed cases of H7N9 avian influenza in China has reached 60, including 13 people who died from the disease, the government said.
Till Sunday evening, 11 new cases were confirmed, with two new deaths reported in Shanghai, Xinhua reported citing the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
The commission said in a daily update that so far the country has reported a total of 60 H7N9 cases, including 13 that ended in fatalities.
So far, a total of 24 cases, including nine ending in fatalities, have been reported in Shanghai.
Sixteen cases, including one death, have been reported in Jiangsu province, and 15 cases, including two deaths, in Zhejiang province.
Beijing has reported one case, and Anhui province two cases, with one death. Central China’s Henan province has reported two infection cases.
A 34-year-old man surnamed Ma, a restaurant chef in Weishi county of Kaifeng city, showed flu symptoms from April 6. He is in critical condition and under ICU treatment in a local hospital.
The other case is of a farmer, aged 65, from Zhoukou city who had frequent contact with poultry in his residence. He is stable after treatment.
Both cases were tested positive for the H7N9 bird flu virus Thursday by the Henan provincial centre of disease control and prevention.
The latest cases were confirmed following tests by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention early Sunday, China Daily reported.
The commission said that those who have had close contact with people infected by H7N9 have been placed under medical observation and have exhibited no abnormal symptoms.
It said the confirmed H7N9 cases are isolated and there has been no sign of human-to-human transmission.