H7N9 Virus: New Strain Of Bird Flu Kills Third Person

Category: Technology / Apr 03, 2013 11:38AM EDT
A third man in China has died from the H7N9 virus, a strain of bird flu that was previously unknown in humans, the Zhejiang provincial department of health said Wednesday, according to state-run media outlet Xinhua. The disclosure of the third death comes only days after Chinese authorities announced the first three known cases of humans infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus on Sunday. The total number of people infected with H7N9 in China has risen to nine, Xinhua reported Wednesday. Chinese authorities are trying to find the source of the human infections. So far there are no signs of transmission of the H7N9 virus between any of the victims or people they have come into close contact with, Chinese authorities said. According to a statement issued by Zhejiang's health department, a 38-year-old chef surnamed Hong died March 27. The man, who worked in Jiangsu Province, where four other cases of H7N9 bird flu have been identified, became ill on March 7 and returned to his home in Jiande, Zhejiang, where he was admitted to a hospital on March 18. The provincial and national disease control centers confirmed on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, that he was infected with H7N9 avian influenza. The other patient, a retired Hangzhou man surnamed Yang, was admitted to a hospital on March 25 with a cough and fever. He was transferred to another hospital for better treatment and remains hospitalized, said the statement. Provincial and national health authorities confirmed on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, that he is infected with the H7N9 avian influenza virus, the statement said. No epidemiological connection between the two cases has been found so far, it said. A total of 183 people who came into contact with the two men have so far shown no symptoms of fever or respiratory illness, the statement said. (Video Source: REUTERS)