CIDRAP — Avian Flu Scan for May 04, 2015

H7N9 case in China; H5N1, H7N9 pandemic threat assessment; H6 serologic findings

H7N9 infects Jiangxi province woman
China’s Jiangxi province on May 1 announced a new H7N9 avian influenza case, involving a 39-year old woman from Jiujiang who is hospitalized in critical condition, according to a provincial health department statement translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.

Jiangxi province is in southeastern China and borders other provinces that have reported several cases since the virus first emerged in 2013. The province reported its most recent previous case in late February.

The woman’s illness is the first H7N9 case to be reported in May and boosts the global total from the disease to 659, according to a running case list kept by FluTrackers.
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