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article imageBoy recovers from bird flu in China

By Tim Sandle     Apr 12, 2013 in Health
A medic has reported that a four-year-old Shanghai boy has recovered from the new strain of bird flu that has killed nine people in China.
To date over thirty people have become infected with the bird flu virus. The virus is known as H7N9 and is classed as an avian flu. The most pathogenic strain identified to date is H5N1, and cases of this have been officially reported since 2003. The H7N9 strain is relatively new. The symptoms include fever and respiratory problems, including severe pneumonia. China announced the first known cases on March 31.
Chinese health officials believe people may be getting sick from direct contact with infected fowl, CBC News has reported.
Up until now people infected with the virus have died. However, the official Chinese Xinhua News Agency has reported, according to Pharm Pro, that a young boy has become the first person to completely recover and be discharged from a hospital. The boy was being looked after at the Infectious Disease Department of the Pediatric Hospital affiliated with Shanghai's Fudan University.
There have been no other official reports of people making a recovery from the virus.
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