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Shanghai case among 5 new infections

Shanghai reported a new H7N9 case yesterday, bringing the city's total to 31, of whom 11 have died and four have recovered. Sixteen patients are receiving treatment in isolation, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission said.

Four new cases were reported in neighboring Zhejiang Province - a 37-year-old woman and men aged 41, 74 and 86.

As of yesterday, China had reported a total of 82 cases, 17 of which had ended in death.

But there was good news in Beijing, where a seven-year-old girl was discharged from hospital.

The latest Shanghai patient is an 89-year-old man from neighboring Jiangsu Province who went to a hospital in the city's Pudong New Area last Friday complaining of a fever.

On Tuesday, he was admitted with pneumonia but tested positive for the H7N9 virus later the same day.

Wu Fan, director of the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said yesterday that tests were being done in every case where bird flu was suspected.

"Shanghai has prepared enough storage of testing reagents and the testing cost is handled by the government," she said.

Meanwhile, Beijing's first H7N9 case, a seven-year-old girl called Yao, was allowed home yesterday. She left Beijing Ditan Hospital with her parents, who had also both been declared free of infection.

The girl's parents work in the live poultry trade in Beijing's northeastern suburbs and Yao began to exhibit flu-like symptoms on April 11.

Her mother, who had a fever on April 13, tested positive once, but two follow-up tests were negative. Her father had always tested negative.

At one point, the girl's condition was so bad she had to be transferred to an intensive care unit. On Monday, she was returned to an ordinary ward.

Daily tests since then had all proved negative, health officials in the capital said.

Also at Ditan Hospital, a four-year-old boy found to be a carrier of the H7N9 virus has twice tested negative and is expected to be discharged soon.

The boy was identified after health authorities carried out tests on 24 people who had been in close contact with Yao's poultry trader father.


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