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WHO: Two More Cases Of Human H7N9 Infections Reported In China

The United Nations World Health Organization said Wednesday that China's National Health and Family Planning Commission has notified it of two new laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

The UN health agency said in a statement that one of the new patient was a three-year-old boy from Guangdong Province who had contact with live poultry. He became ill on October 29, and was admitted to a local hospital on October 31. He was later transferred to another hospital on November, and is currently said to be in a stable condition.

The second patient is a 64-year-old woman farmer from Zhejiang Province. WHO said she had contact with live poultry. She became ill on October 30 and was admitted to a local hospital the very next day. She was transferred to another hospital on November 3, and is currently in a critical condition.

Influenza A(H7N9) is one of a subgroup of influenza viruses that normally circulate among birds. Until recently, this virus had not been seen in human beings. However, human infections have now been detected.

To date, WHO has been informed of a total of 139 laboratory-confirmed human cases with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection including 45 deaths. Currently, six patients are hospitalized and 88 have been discharged. So far, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.

The UN agency said the Chinese government is continuing to take strict monitoring, prevention and control measures, including strengthening epidemic surveillance and analysis; deployment of medical treatment; conducting public risk communication and information dissemination; strengthening international cooperation and exchanges; and continuing to carry out scientific research.

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