China`s bird flu death toll climbs to 13; 11 new cases

Last Updated: Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 19:32

Beijing: The death toll in the deadly bird flu outbreak in China mounted to 13 with two more fatalities on Sunday, while the total number of H7N9 cases touched 60 with 11 more reported, the highest in a single day.

Shanghai, China`s largest metropolis and financial hub, was the worst-hit reporting two more deaths from H7N9 bird flu besides three new cases of infection.

The most disquieting thing for health officials was that spouse of one of the affected persons died due to the virus, though they continue to insist that there is no evidence yet whether the new avian influenza could spread through human-to-human contact, state-run CCTV reported.

Rest of the eight cases came from other provinces as the virus for the first time spread from eastern provinces to central China.

Cases continued to be reported from Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces. Meanwhile, the good news was that a seven-year-old girl who was confirmed to be infected with H7N9 avian flu in Beijing becoming the first patient in the capital, showed signs of recovery with temperatures under control for over 20 hours, which doctors say is very good news.

Her parents or butchers handling chickens showed no signs of any symptoms nor the children in her class.

Already, a boy of the same age recovered belying the fear that it is a deadly disease with no known cure yet.
Beijing has already banned sale of poultry in the city. Also, over 500 birds were culled in Beijing`s suburban Shunyi District, after the city reported its first case of H7N9 bird flu.
Health authorities have sterilised the girl`s home, the school she attends, local bird trading markets and sewage systems, in a bid to control the spread of the virus. Similar bird-culling efforts were made earlier this month in Shanghai, where the H7N9 virus was detected in pigeons sold at a local market.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 19:31

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