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City reports 8th case of H7N9 bird flu

SHANGHAI reported another case of H7N9 bird flu today, bringing the city’s total number of H7N9 infections to eight this year.

A 61-year-old woman surnamed Qin, a Shanghai resident, was diagnosed with the flu yesterday, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission said.

She is undergoing treatement, the commission said.

The city has put human infections of H7N9 bird flu into category B infectious diseases since November 1, according to the commission. Severe acute respiratory syndrome, viral hepatitis, polio and AIDS are some diseases in this category.

The latest cases were two deaths of patients infected with the H7N9 virus, including a 31-year-old Shanghai emergency room doctor and a 77-year-old local farmer. Both died on Saturday.

The farmer had a history of contact with live poultry. Tests are still being conducted to determine the source of infection for the doctor. He stayed overnight at his parents’ home on January 4. A neighbor there kept pigeons. There also is a wet market selling live poultry opposite the hospital where he worked.


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