131 Cases Of Avian Influenza A H7N9 Virus Confirmed

By Newsroom America Staff at 9 May 2013

(Newsroom America) -- The World Health Organization says a total of 131 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus have now been reported, with 32 deaths.

The latest patient to die is a 79-year-old woman from Jiangxi province who became ill on 3 May. Additionally, a patient earlier reported has died.

Contacts of the confirmed cases are being closely monitored.

WHO says investigations into the possible sources of infection and reservoirs of the virus are ongoing.

It says until the source of infection has been identified and controlled, it is expected that there will be further cases of human infection with the virus.

So far, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.


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