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China health officials confirmed H7N9 case in Guizhou

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

BEIJING: Health authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou have confirmed a new human case of H7N9 avian influenza, bringing the total number of human infections of the highly pathogenic strain to 19 this winter.

The 49-year-old man, who is a chicken trader, was being treated in hospital in Qiannan prefecture.

The local authorities were taking precautions to try and prevent the infection from spreading.

A total of 19 people have been infected with bird flu in China so far this winter, all with the H7N9 strain, killing at least 3 of them.

Regional fears of a major bird flu outbreak have been raised by a record outbreak of avian influenza in poultry in South Korea as well as infections in birds in Japan.

The last major bird flu outbreak in mainland China, from late 2013 to early 2014, killed 36 people.

China has culled more than 170,000 birds in four provinces since October and closed some live poultry markets after people and birds were infected by strains of the avian flu.

The outbreak among poultry has been the H5N6 type, another highly pathogenic strain of the disease.

However, the H7N9 strain is highly pathogenic in humans, causing severe respiratory disease, but is not virulent among birds, making it nearly impossible for farmers to detect.

Source by: Internet

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