Another case of the H7N9 bird flu virus was reported in Zhejiang province on Wednesday, making it the second in October, according to health authorities.
The patient is a man surnamed Chen, 67, a farmer from Jiaxing. He began showing symptoms on October 16 and is now being hospitalized and is in critical condition
It was not specified whether or not Chen’s work was related to poultry.
On October 15, another man in Zhejiang province had tested positive for the virus which has generally shown more cases in the middle-aged and elderly.
No cases were reported in September, however, news of the recent outbreaks has led to scientists further attempts at creating a mutant flu virus which “could offer the know-how to halt a lethal flu pandemic”.