Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: China reports two more H7N9 cases, one fatal. Excerpt:
In a possible sign of a drop-off in infections, China reported only two new H7N9 avian flu cases today, one of them fatal, both from Guangdong province, one of the hotspots of disease activity in the second wave of infections.
Today's trickle of new cases comes on the heels of no cases being reported yesterday. The slowdown stands in stark contrast to the past several weeks, when China averaged about five to seven new H7N9 cases per day.
Guangdong's health ministry announced that the newly confirmed cases are in a 78-year-old man who died today from his infection and a 66-year-old woman who is hospitalized in critical condition, according to a statement translated and posted by the FluTrackers infectious disease news message board.
The two new cases lift the total in the second wave of infections, underway since October, to 213. That compares with 136 reported in the first wave last spring. Combined, the number of infections now totals 349, according to FluTrackers' running case compilation. The unofficial number of deaths is 73.