reports second H7N9 bird flu death in a week
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[January 13, 2014]
— China reported one more
death from the H7N9 strain of bird flu in southwestern Guizhou
province, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday, in the second
death from the virus in the past week.
A 38-year-old man from Zunyi city died last
Thursday, Xinhua said, citing health authorities in Guizhou.
Xinhua said it was the first human case of H7N9 in Guizhou this
Last Friday, China said a 38-year-old man in eastern Fujian province
died from H7N9.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week that seven more
people in China had been found to be infected with the H7N9 strain
of bird flu in the previous week, taking to around 150 the total
number of cases so far.
The H7N9 bird flu emerged last year in China and has infected around
150 people there and in Taiwan and Hong Kong, killing at least 45 of
Experts say there is no evidence as yet of any easy or sustained
person-to person transmission of the strain. But an early scientific
analysis of probable transmission of the new flu from person to
person, published last August, gave the strongest proof yet that it
can at times jump between people and so could cause a human
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The WHO said the source of the human infections was still being
investigated. It stressed that it does not advise any special
screening for people going in and out of China, nor does it
recommend any travel or trade curbs.
(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; editing by
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