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Published On: Mon, Aug 12th, 2013

China reports 44th human H7N9 fatality

China has reported the 44th death due to  avian influenza A(H7N9) virus Monday, in a patient who tested positive for the virus on July 20, the Chinese news source, Xinhua reports.

This diagram depicts the origins of the H7N9 virus from China and shows how the virus's genes came from other influenza viruses in birds. Image/CDC

This diagram depicts the origins of the H7N9 virus from China and shows how the virus’s genes came from other influenza viruses in birds. Image/CDC

The  61- year-old woman from Langfang City in Hebei Province was the 134th case reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). She first became ill on July 10.

Xinhua reports that she died of multiple organ failure at a Beijing hospital.

On Saturday, a woman in south China’s Guangdong Province tested positive for the novel virus, making her the 135th case total reported.

The Chinese government continues to take strict monitoring, prevention and control measures, including: strengthening of epidemic surveillance and analysis; deployment of medical treatment; conducting public risk communication and information dissemination; strengthening international cooperation and exchanges; and is continuing to carry out scientific research.

Influenza A(H7N9) is one of a subgroup of influenza viruses that normally circulate among birds. Until recently, this virus had not been seen in people. However, human infections have now been detected.

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  1. WHO advises on H7N9 strain for vaccine development - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] the outbreak began in China in March, public health authorities in China have reported a total of 135 human cases of novel avian influenza A(H7N9) infection, including 44 […]

  2. China reports 44th human H7N9 fatality – The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Source and full article The 61- year-old woman from Langfang City in Hebei Province was the 134th case reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). She first became ill on July 10. Xinhua reports that she died of multiple organ failure at a Beijing hospital. […]

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