Saturday, May 11, 2013

H7N9 kills 1 in Shanghai

The H7N9 bird flu killed one person in Shanghai Friday, local health authorities said Saturday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 33.

An 83-year-old woman surnamed Jiang died Friday evening in a local hospital one month after her infection was confirmed, the Shanghai Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission announced.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Shanghai has confirmed 33 H7N9 cases. Four of them are being treated in the hospital, 15 have recovered and 14 others died.

Since China confirmed the first human infections with the bird flu virus in late March, the country has so far reported 130 confirmed H7N9 cases, including 33 deaths.