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Another H7N9 Bird Flu Death in China

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  January 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
The death toll due to H7N9 bird flu in China has now reached 4, as a new death was reported.

The unnamed patient in Yangjiang in the southern province of Guangdong died on Wednesday from respiratory failure, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing local health authorities.
 Another H7N9 Bird Flu Death in China
Another H7N9 Bird Flu Death in China
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It was at least the fourth fatality from the disease since January 1, after Guangdong reported its first death last week and the provinces of Zhejiang and Guizhou each announced one more.

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The H7N9 human outbreak began in China in February 2013 and reignited fears that a bird flu virus could mutate to become easily transmissible between people, potentially triggering a pandemic.

Cases and deaths dropped significantly after the end of June, but have begun to pick up with the onset of winter.

Official statistics compiled by China's health authorities show that by the end of October 2013 there had been 45 deaths in the outbreak on the mainland.

Hong Kong has reported two deaths from H7N9 so far this year.

Source: AFP
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