China confirms third case of human bird flu in a week

South China Morning Post – December 22, 2016

The Chinese authorities have confirmed the country’s second and third cases of human bird flu infection this week as South Korea and Japan battle to control outbreaks of the deadly virus.

The new cases were in Shanghai and Xiamen in Fujian province in eastern China.

Shanghai’s health authority said it was treating a man diagnosed with H7N9 bird flu.

The man had travelled from the neighbouring province of Jiangsu, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning said on its website on Wednesday.

The local authorities in Xiamen ordered a halt to poultry sales from Thursday in the Siming district after a 44-year-old man was diagnosed with H7N9 avian flu on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

The patient is receiving treatment in hospital and is in a stable condition, Xinhua said, citing Xiamen’s diseases prevention and control centre.