Chinese officials predict more human H7N9 avian flu cases
With a large spurt of new human H7N9 avian influenza cases reported so far in 2014, at least 120 news cases since Jan.1, Chinese health officials predict that reports of the novel virus will continue on the Mainland, according to a Xinhua report today.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Yao Hongwen, spokesman for the National Health and Family Planning Commission said, “No mutation of the virus has been identified so far that could affect public health, and transmission from animals remains the only way in which humans have picked up the virus.”
As of Sunday, the number of confirmed cases reported on the Mainland is 324, according to the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH).
The newest cases include patients from Shenzhen, Zhaoqing, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces.
Specifically, the case in Shenzhen involves a woman aged 81 who died on February 7. The case in Zhaoqing is a boy aged 11 currently hospitalised for treatment. The cases in Zhejiang and Anhui are two men aged 68 and 66 respectively. Both are under treatment in hospital.
In addition, in a more recent report from Anhui province (computer translated), health officials say that a second case, a 56-year-old man has contracted the virus and died Feb.7. Confirmation of the death by H7N9 avian flu was reported Sunday.
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