China's bird flu death toll rises to 8
Number infected with new H7N9 strain still at 24
Posted: Apr 9, 2013 9:18 AM ET
Last Updated: Apr 9, 2013 9:23 AM ET
An eighth person in China has died after being infected with the new H7N9 strain of bird flu, according to state media that also reported the number of people infected has remained at at least 24.
The latest death was reported Tuesday in Jiangsu province, north of Shanghai, authorities told Xinhua. Authorities confirmed a man had been infected with H7N9.
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Jiangsu had the second-most reported cases in the country as of Monday, with eight people infected. In Shanghai, 11 people were exposed, and five of them died.
The source of infection and mode of transmission are currently unknown, according to the World Health Organization, which is investigating animal to human, and human to human transmission, but there is no evidence that the virus is spreading from person to person.
The WHO may send international experts to China to help investigate.
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H7N9 is believed to circulate in poultry stocks without affecting birds, making it harder for experts to identify and eliminate outbreaks in birds.
Shanghai and the capital cities of neighbouring Zhejiang and Jiangsu, which have all reported H7N9 cases, have halted the sale of live poultry. Shanghai also slaughtered all fowl at a market where the virus was detected in pigeons being sold for meat.
90,000 pigeons will be vaccinated
Meanwhile, a pigeon association is halting its bird races and advising members to cage their pets for up to two months. The precautions are meant to help prevent infection with the bird flu virus.
The Hangzhou Carrier Pigeon Association will vaccinate up to 90,000 pigeons to protect against bird flu types. No vaccine exists for H7N9 yet.
Raising carrier pigeons is a popular hobby in China, but the birds have become
Eighth H7N9 Death Reported - Suzhou Wuijiang Jiangsu
Recombinomics Commentary 13:00
April 9, 2013
Patients Shen, male, 83 years old, Suzhou Wujiang District. Disease, on March 20 for medical treatment at a hospital in Suzhou. April 2 confirmed human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. Provincial expert group has organized a consultation, guiding clinical treatment. On the afternoon of April 9, died after rescue invalid.
The above translation describes the death of the 8th confirmed H7N9 case. Confirmation of this patient was described in the April 3 WHO H7N9 update when the patient was in critical condition. Previous tweets from China had noted 3 additional cases in the Suzhou Wuijang District (see map).
All 11 WHO confirmed cases prior to the mild case reported on April 5 were classified as fatal or critical. WHO’s updates have reported 21 cases and six fatalities, but today they tweeted the confirmation of 3 more cases, including 1 more death. Thus, the WHO confirmed total is 24 cases and 7 deaths. Three of the cases have been cited as mild and one case was stable. However, none of the confirmed cases have been discharged, so the case fatality rate remains at 100%.
The above translation describes the eighth death. The concentraion of cases and deaths in and around Shanghai exceeds previous reports of H5N1 bird flu cases.
"H7N9 is believed to circulate in poultry stocks without affecting birds, making it harder for experts to identify and eliminate outbreaks in birds."
This certainly adds a new aspect... a hidden virus... laying in wait for human contact... scary...
We don't know birds have it... until WE have it????
All the more reason to have a vaccine for everyone...