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    Posted: May 12 2017 at 7:54am
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China H7N9 bird flu death toll fell to 24 in April: health authority

Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:19 p.m. EDT


BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported 24 human fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in April, the national health authority said on Friday, compared with 47 deaths in March.

It also reported 81 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu for last month, according to a statement posted on the website of the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

China has reported 211 deaths from H7N9 bird flu in the first four months of the year so far. That is almost three times higher than the human fatalities from the strain for all of 2016.

There were 529 cases of human H7N9 bird flu infections in the first four months of 2017, compared with 264 cases for the whole year of last year.

Human fatalities and infections with H7N9 fell in April for a third consecutive month, government data showed.

Bird flu infections usually peak during the Northern Hemisphere winter months and tail off in the spring but cases of H7N9 have been unusually high in the country since last year.

More than 400,000 birds have been culled in China since last October after bird flu cases hit poultry farms.

http://whtc.com/news/articles/2017/may/12/china-h7n9-bird-flu-death-toll-fell-to-24-in-april-health-authority/
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China reports 23 more H7N9 cases, 7 fatal
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Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP News
| May 12, 2017

    

Reports of new H7N9 avian flu cases in China continued at a steady pace last week, with 23 more cases reported. Many of the new cases are in the north, which has reported a late-season surge, according to an update today from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP).

China is in its fifth and by far largest wave of H7N9 illnesses, a season that has been marked by a shift to a highly pathogenic form of the virus in poultry and a wider distribution of human cases beyond the poultry production areas of the southeastern provinces.
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China's 23 new cases were reported from May 5 to May 11, and 7 of the patients died from their infections. Illness onsets range from Apr 11 to May 6. The weekly number of cases appeared to be dropping in March and April but have edged up since then. This week's total is similar to the 22 illnesses the country reported last week.

Patient ages range from 31 to 83 years, and 13 are men and 10 are women. Investigations revealed that 20 of the people had contact with poultry or had visited poultry markets or mobile poultry stalls.

Cases were reported from eight provinces, plus the northern cities of Beijing and Tianjin. Five cases were in Hebei province in the north, and three provinces each reported three new infections: Henan and Shaanxi in central China, and Sichuan in the southwest.

The latest week's worth of cases pushes China's total in the fifth wave to nearly 700, at least 203 of them fatal.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2017/05/china-reports-23-more-h7n9-cases-7-fatal
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