Published On: Tue, Dec 10th, 2013

China reports two new human H7N9 bird flu cases in father and son-in-law from Zhejiang Province

Following on the heels of the two recent reports of imported human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in Hong Kong, the National Health and Family Planning Commission, China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of two new laboratory-confirmed cases from Zhejiang Province today.

According to the WHO Global Alert and Response, the first patient is a 57-year-old man from Zhejiang Province as previously reported on The Global Dispatch. He became ill on 20 November 2013 and was admitted to hospital on 25 November 2013. He is currently in critical condition.

The second patient is a 30-year-old man from Zhejiang Province. He became ill on 29 November 2013 and was admitted to hospital on 5 December 2013. He is currently in critical condition. He is the son-in-law of the 57-year-old male from Zhejiang Province with onset on 20 November 2013, reported above.

CIDRAP reports from a translated Xinhua article that the family kept six chickens, and the father’s medical team believes the birds are probably the source of the virus

The WHO says at this point it is not known how persons are becoming infected. Some of the confirmed cases had contact with animals or with environments where animals are housed. The virus has now been found in chickens, ducks, and captive-bred pigeons at live bird markets near locations where cases have been reported. The possibility of an animal source of the infection is being investigated, as is the possibility of person-to-person transmission.

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