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Published On: Sat, Apr 6th, 2013

Two more human bird flu cases confirmed, brings total to 18: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that an additional two laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with influenza A(H7N9) virus had been reported by Chinese officials, according to a WHO update April 6.

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The report says both of the cases are from Shanghai. The first patient is a 74-year-old man, who became ill on 28 March 2013, and is now in critical condition. The other is a 66-year-old man who became ill on 29 March 2013 and is considered a mild case.

To date, a total of 18 cases have been laboratory confirmed with influenza A(H7N9) virus in China, including six deaths, ten severe cases and two mild cases.

Yesterday, the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a briefing on the situation in China. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden assured Americans, “There are no specific steps that people in this country need to take to protect themselves.  People can go about their daily lives.”

In addition, although there are no travel restrictions to China, the CDC did issue a travel notice Friday with recommendations for travelers to take to protect themselves from H7N9 avian influenza.

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