Tuesday, May 7, 2013

H7N9 toll grows to 130 cases, 31 deaths

Health officials in China reported two new H7N9 infections, both from Fujian province, and four more deaths, boosting the outbreak's total to 130 cases, 31 of them (24%) fatal.

Tom Frieden, MD, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the H7N9 virus in its current form can't launch a pandemic, but it could if the virus mutates to gain the ability to spread readily from person to person.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/may0613china.html

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