New case of bird flu in China as death toll rises to 14
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New case of bird flu in China as death toll rises to 14

New case of bird flu in China as death toll rises to 14

4-year-old boy tested positive for H7N9 and is one of 61 confirmed cases

The Associated Press

Apr 15, 2013

A new case of bird flu in China’s capital, a 4-year-old boy who displayed no symptoms, is adding to the unknowns about the latest outbreak that has caused 63 confirmed cases and 14 deaths, health officials said Monday.

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The boy, who tested positive for the H7N9 virus, is considered a carrier of the strain and has been placed under observation to see if he develops symptoms, health authorities said. Medical teams found the boy in a check of people who had contact with a 7-year-old girl, who was confirmed as Beijing’s first case of H7N9 over the weekend: a neighbor of the boy bought chicken from the girl’s family.

Puzzling new case

Beijing Health Bureau deputy director Zhong Dongpo said that, as puzzling as the case is, the boy adds another data point to medical experts limited understanding of H7N9.

‘So, we need to understand this disease in a rational and scientific way.’—Zhong Dongpo, Beijing Health Bureau deputy director

The H7N9 strain was not previously known to infect humans before cases turned up in China this winter, and Zhong and other medical experts said no evidence exists that the virus can be passed from one person to another. Close contact with infected birds is a likely source of transmission. Making the virus hard to detect is that infected poultry display slight or no symptoms, unlike the H5N1 strain which kills birds and raged across the region in the middle of the last decade.

Continue reading at New case of bird flu in China as death toll rises to 14 – Health – CBC News.

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