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More H7N9 related Deaths; Additional H7N9-positive Samples Found

Xinhua reported that, as of 7:00 p.m. Beijing time on April 10, 2013, China had a total of 33 H7N9 cases with 9 deaths and no epidemiological connection between these cases. On that same day, China’s Ministry of Agriculture said that, in lab tests, 14 more poultry samples in the three provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui in east China were discovered to have been H7N9-positive. The samples were from 2,099 samples collected in poultry farms and markets. Eleven of the 14 positive samples were found to have been taken from the 743 samples from Jiangsu Province.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Avian Flu Reference Laboratory concluded from a gene sequence analysis that that the strain of the H7N9 virus found in the 14 samples was highly congeneric with that found earlier in a pigeon on April 4.

The Ministry of Agriculture has ordered the three provinces to shut down and thoroughly disinfect the markets from which the samples were taken and to cull all live poultry.

Source: Xinhua, April 10, 2013