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Man dies of H7N9, city toll reaches 15

A 59-YEAR-OLD man died of the H7N9 virus yesterday, raising the disease's death toll in Shanghai to 15. The man was diagnosed with bird flu on April 6.

Shanghai has confirmed 33 H7N9 cases. Fifteen people have recovered while three patients remain hospitalized, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission said yesterday.

The man surnamed Shen, an Anhui Province native, started to have flu-like symptoms on March 25 and didn't get better after taking over-the-counter medicines.

After going to two different hospitals, Shen went to Renji Hospital in the Pudong New Area on April 4 and was diagnosed with severe pneumonia.

Shen was confirmed as H7N9 positive on April 6. None of his close contacts developed flu-like symptoms.

There have been no new H7N9 cases reported in Shanghai since April 21, prompting the city to end its citywide emergency response scheme for epidemic diseases.

Shanghai activated an emergency scheme on April 2 that calls for heightened monitoring of suspicious flu cases and daily reports, up from weekly, by hospitals on severe pneumonia cases with unclear causes.

Despite the cancellation, hospitals and health authorities are still required to collaborate on a routine basis to prevent the spread of bird flu.


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