China confirms 63 H7N9 cases, 14 deaths

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During the 24-hour period ending 5 p.m. on Monday, China confirmed three new cases of H7N9 avian influenza, with one new death reported in Nanjing Municipality.

A seven-year-old girl in Beijing, the first confirmed H7N9 case in the capital, is being treated at Ditan Hospital's ICU.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a daily update on H7N9 cases that so far the country has reported a total of 63 H7N9 cases, including 14 that ended in fatalities.

East China's Jiangsu Province reported one new infection case. A 60-year-old man surnamed Kong tested positive for H7N9 on Monday and is receiving treatment in a hospital in Suzhou. Three people who have had close contact with him have not exhibited any abnormal symptoms.

Another infection case was confirmed in neighboring Zhejiang Province on Monday, according to a statement issued by the provincial health department at 4 p.m. A 68-year-old woman surnamed Wang began exhibiting flu-like symptoms on April 3 and is now in a critical condition.

A man surnamed Chen in Anhui Province also tested positive for the strain of bird flu on Monday, according to the provincial health department. Of the 25 people who had been in close contact with the 60-year-old man, none have exhibited any abnormal symptoms.

So far, a total of 24 cases, including nine ending in fatalities, have been reported in Shanghai. Seventeen cases, including two deaths, have been reported in Jiangsu Province, and 16 cases, including two deaths, in Zhejiang Province. Beijing has reported one case, Henan Province two cases, and Anhui Province three cases, with one death.

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

Those who have had close contact with people infected by H7N9 have been placed under medical observation and have exhibited no abnormal symptoms, the commission said.

According to the commission, China's confirmed H7N9 cases are isolated and there has been no sign of human-to-human transmission.

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