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6 Shanghai cases take China virus total to 77

SHANGHAI reported another six cases of H7N9 bird flu infection yesterday, including one new case and five diagnosed retrospectively.

Of the five cases, two patients had died while the others, including a child, had recovered.

So far Shanghai has reported 30 H7N9 cases, 11 deaths and four patients who had recovered.

Neighboring Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces reported a total of eight new H7N9 infection cases yesterday, bringing the infection number across the country to 77.

In Shanghai, 15 patients are undergoing treatment in isolation, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission said yesterday.

The five cases confirmed retrospectively included the two sons of an 87-year-old local man who was one of the first three H7N9 cases in China.

The three members of the Li family had been admitted between February 14 and 24 for symptoms including fever and coughing. All were diagnosed as having pneumonia. A 69-year-old son recovered and was discharged but his 55-year-old brother died from severe pneumonia and respiratory failure in late February. Their father died of multi-organ failure.

The new case is a 47-year-old Shanghai man surnamed Zhang, who started to feel fatigued and feverish last Wednesday. He went to Shanghai No. 8 People's Hospital the next day and was admitted on Monday when he was diagnosed with pneumonia. He tested positive for H7N9 the same day.

Another case confirmed retrospectively was that of a child who went to Changsha in Hunan Province from Shanghai with parents on March 16. The child had flu-like symptoms on March 17 and a sample was sent for tests.

Hunan Province officials told the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission about the child's infection on Monday.

The child returned to Shanghai on March 19 but has fully recovered.

There were no details on the other cases.

Officials in Jiangsu said a 56-year-old man, a 21-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man were confirmed with the infection yesterday.

In Zhejiang, three men and two women tested positive for the H7N9 virus. They were men aged 56. 57 and 62 and women aged 58 and 72.


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