Via the South China Morning Post, an AFP report: China reports three new H7N9 bird flu deaths, toll hits 25. Excerpt:
Three Chinese people have died of the H7N9 bird flu, the state news agency Xinhua said on Tuesday, adding to a spike in cases this year.
Two men, aged 76 and 52, died in southern Guangdong province on Monday, while a third patient passed away in eastern Jiangsu province on Saturday, Xinhua said in separate reports, citing provincial health authorities.
Two new cases were also reported – a four-year-old girl in Guangdong in stable condition, and a 59-year-old woman in Jiangsu in critical condition.
So far this year China has confirmed 115 human H7N9 cases, including 25 deaths, according to a tally of reports by local authorities.
By comparison last year there were 144 infections and 46 deaths, according to official figures.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week that the rise in cases this year was not surprising due to seasonal factors, rather than a virus mutation.