H7N9 Bird Flu Update: 21 Infected, 6 Dead


Sydney Lupkin
ABC News
April 8, 2013

Three new cases of the new bird flu strain, H7N9, have been reported in China, bringing the total number of cases to 21, according to the World Health Organization. Six of those who were infected have died, but no new deaths have been reported since Friday.

The new patients include a 59-syear-old Shanghai man who is in critical condition, and a 55-year-old Anhui man who is in stable condition. Another new patient, a 67-year-old Shanghai man, has a mild case, according to the WHO.

“They’ve already seen some changes that allow it to survive in people,” ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser told “Good Morning America.” “The big concern is could this become the next pandemic strain?”

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