Bird flu continues to take its toll in China

By Carina Perkins

- Last updated on GMT

H7N9 outbreak has been linked to poultry wet markets
H7N9 outbreak has been linked to poultry wet markets

Related tags: Avian influenza, Influenza, Livestock, Poultry

China has confirmed that another person has fallen ill with the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

WHO said that China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission had notified it that a 61-year-old woman from Langfang City in Hebei Province fell ill on 10 July 2013 and was in a critical condition in a Beijing hospital.

According to local press, officials believe the woman contracted the virus by eating vegetables bought at a local market, where live poultry was on sale.

The case is the first since May, and brings the total number of laboratory-confimed human infections to 134. WHO said it would not issue any further travel or trade restrictions at this point, adding that China continued to take “strict monitoring, prevention and control measures”​ to deal with the outbreak.

To date, 43 people have died from H7N9 avian influenza, while four people remain in hospital and 87 have been discharged. The outbreak of H7N9 has so far been contained in mainland China, with only one case recorded outside the mainland in Taiwan.

Officials in Hong Kong’s Department of Health said that they would continue to monitor the situation, and urged people travelling to the mainland to avoid wet poultry markets and direct contact with any birds or their droppings.

A spokesperson stressed: “Locally, no confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been recorded so far.”

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