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Published On: Mon, Dec 16th, 2013

China confirms new human H7N9 bird flu case in Guangdong Province man

Chinese health officials are reporting a new human H7N9 avian influenza case in a man from Guangdong Province in south China, according to a PNA/Xinhua news report today.

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The patient is a 39-year-old man, a resident from Dongguan City, who tested positive for the virus Saturday.

The report notes the man, surname He, is hospitalized and in serious condition.

When reported and confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), this will be the 141th case from the Chinese mainland.

Two imported cases were recently reported in Hong Kong.

Avian influenza A H7 viruses are a group of influenza viruses that normally circulate among birds. The avian influenza A(H7N9) virus is one subgroup among the larger group of H7 viruses. Although some H7 viruses (H7N2, H7N3 and H7N7) have occasionally been found to infect humans, no human infections with H7N9 viruses have been reported until the first reports from China in early 2013.

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