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China’s Research Study: H7N9 May Have Passed Between People

Chinese medical personnel conducted a research study on H7N9. The British Medical Journal then published the results, which were also reported in BBC Chinese and reprinted on The study outlined the cases of a 60-year-old man and his 32-year-old daughter who contracted bird flu and died in March 2013.

According to the article, “Chinese medical researchers reported the first case of H7N9 avian influenza virus being transmitted between humans.” The research study said that the 60-year-old man was hospitalized a week after he visited a local poultry market. The daughter took care of the father in the hospital and fell ill six days after her last contact with her father. Both died of failure of multiple organs. 
“Tests showed that the viruses that the two carried were almost identical, which supports the conclusion that the daughter got the infection directly from her father.” “The researchers noted that, although there is no conclusive evidence that the virus has the ability to be transmitted from human to human, this is the first indication that the virus ‘may have the ability to transmit from human to human.’” 
Source:, August 7, 2013