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Published On: Tue, Mar 4th, 2014

China reports fatal H7N9 avian influenza case in Zhuhai man

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) yesterday (March 3) received notification of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Zhuhai from the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province.

Under a high magnification, this negatively-stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) captured some of the ultrastructural details exhibited by the new influenza A (H7N9) virus. Image/CDC

Under a high magnification, this negatively-stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) captured some of the ultrastructural details exhibited by the new influenza A (H7N9) virus.
Image/CDC

The case in Zhuhai involved a man aged 59 who passed away on March 2.

The brings the total cases reported from the mainland to 371 according to the CHP.

A FluTrackers thread has the total number of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9)in China at 380.

The World Health Organization says further sporadic human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) infection are expected in affected and possibly neighboring areas.

In addition, the UN health agency says should human cases from affected areas travel internationally, their infection may be detected in another country during or after arrival. If this were to occur, community level spread is unlikely as the virus does not have the ability to transmit easily among humans. Until the virus adapts itself for efficient human-to-human transmission, the risk of ongoing international spread of H7N9 virus by travelers is low.

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