Wednesday, May 15, 2013

China Virus Alert: H7N9, H5N1 Strains Active, Tibet Outbreak Kills 1 Child

While China continues to wrestle H7N9 which had so far claimed 35 lives, it has succumbed to yet another subtype of the Influenza A viruses, this time the H5N1. The country had reported an outbreak in its southern part Tibet, where a child has died and 64 other children remain infected.

Local health authorities theorized the children contracted the disease from eating live chickens that were sold 10 days earlier.

The children came from the Guangxi autonomous region. But cases were likewise detected in the villages of Dingsan and nearby Eshan. School authorities ordered the closure of the Dingsan Elementary School to prevent further spreading.

Health experts are now looking at a possible angle that the Tibet outbreak did not originally start from there.