Two men have died in Shanghai, China, of a rare type of avian influenza, H7N9. These are the first two reported cases of people dying of this infection.
Today it was confirmed that two men died in Shanghai of a rare case of avian flu which had never been recorded to cause human casualties before. The men were 87 and 27 years old, respectively.
Another case has been reported so far. A woman, 35, from Anhui province is said to be in critical condition in Nanjing (Jiangsu province) due to the same virus, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
According to China Daily, This is the first time a human infection from H7N9 has been detected. Little research has been done on this relatively unknown bird flu, and there are no vaccines against the virus. H7N9 bird flu virus has not been contracted by human beings before.
So far, there are no signs that these three people had come into contact with each other, and it’s unclear how they became infected. According to the authorities, there are no reports of contagion from anyone that came in contact with them.
According to the World Health Organization spokesman, Timothy O’Leary, There is apparently no evidence of human-to-human transmission, and transmission of the virus appears to be inefficient, therefore the risk to public health would appear to be low.
The symptoms of this case of avian flu include fever, cough and difficulties breathing. No more information regarding symptomatology has been released.