Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Chinese toddler contracts H7N9 bird flu after his dad was one of the first to catch virus

Health officials revealed yesterday that the four-year-old boy, who tested positive for the virus after developing a fever, is in a stable condition in hospital.

The pair are from the Shandong province and The Jinan Times said the family have not had contact with chicken but live near a poultry market.

This is the latest of several 'family clusters' of the H7N9 bird flu strain to be reported.

The deadly virus has so far infected 126 people, and the death toll rose to 24 on Monday after an 89-year-old man died from bird flu in Shanghai.

The Shandong health department said there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

3 nurses in Taiwan became infected after treating Taiwan's first H7N9 case, they had not traveled to china or played with any chickens, so how did they get infected, if it wasn't from the H7N9 patient they were treating?