H7N9 flu death toll up to 9 in China

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Two H7N9 patients from east China's Anhui and Jiangsu provinces died of the avian influenza Tuesday afternoon, bring the total death toll in the country up to nine, according to the health authorities.

Beijing holds a drill on Apirl 9, 2013 to make medical staff fully prepared to H7N9 bird flu cases.

According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, four new cases of H7N9 avian influenza have been reported in east China's Zhejiang Province and Shanghai City during the 25-hour period ending 6 pm on Tuesday.

China officially confirmed the occurrence of human infection with the H7N9 virus late last month.

So far, China has confirmed 28 H7N9 infections, including nine deaths. Of them, 13 cases, including five deaths, were found in Shanghai. Eight cases, including one death, were found in Jiangsu. Two cases, including one death, were found in Anhui. Five cases, including two deaths, were found in Zhejiang.

No epidemiological link between those cases has been identified to date, the agency said, adding that those who have had close contact with people infected by H7N9 have been placed under medical observation.

A 4-year-old boy in Shanghai who on Thursday was confirmed infected with H7N9 has recovered, showing that not all human infections are critical.


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