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The Shanghai municipal government has lifted its bird flu epidemic alert, citing a decline in new infections over the past three weeks. Whether or not Xi Jinping takes this opportunity to march behind a massive “Mission Accomplished” banner remains to be seen, but the flu certainly isn’t dead yet. The most recent victim died on Thursday in Henan, but there have been no new H7N9 cases in Shanghai since late April.
South China Morning Post reports:
An assessment by a panel of specialists from the city’s health authorities suggested the virus appeared to be under control, with the growth in new cases across the mainland slowing, and as yet no proof the virus can be transmitted from person to person, Xinhua reported. […]
Since Shanghai reported its first human H7N9 case in late March, the city has had 33 cases. Thirteen of the patients have died and five are still receiving treatment in hospitals.
There have been a grand total of 129 H7N9 infections since the outbreak started, and 32 people have died.