By Erik Crouch
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After two more deaths in Zhejiang province, H7N9 has claimed 20 lives and infected 102 people. The disease made a leap to “sporadic” human-to-human transmission last week, and scientists in both Taiwan and Mainland China have been working overtime to develop a vaccine. If “earthquake apocalypse” wasn’t enough, flumageddon will be sure to keep your attention.
A total of 33 infections, including 11 deaths, have been reported in the eastern commercial centre of Shanghai.
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention had earlier said 40 per cent of patients with H7N9 had not come into contact with poultry, raising questions about how people are becoming infected. It also emerged the virus had spread among family members in Shanghai, raising fears it was passing between humans. […]
A team of international health experts is on a week-long mission in Beijing and Shanghai to investigate the virus, for which no vaccine currently exists. Taiwan said on Sunday it had received H7N9 specimens from China as the island battles to avoid the epidemic.
The disease has, so far, been contained to Eastern China. Zhejiang has been hardest hit with 38 cases. 23 infections have been reported in Jiangsu, 33 in Shanghai, 3 each in Anhui and Henan, and 1 in Beijing. If the virus appears in any other region of the country, commence terror.