Your weekly bird flu update: Three more people were confirmed as being infected with the deadly H7N9 virus across three different provinces, according to Xinhua.
A 35-year-old man from Wuxi City in Jiangsu province was diagnosed as having the virus on Friday night, according to provincial healthy authorities and is now in critical condition.
Infection of a 72-year-old man from Fuqing city in Fujian province was likewise confirmed on Friday, bringing the total number of H7n9 infections in that province this year to 17—five of whom have died.
The last case was seen in a 55-year-old woman from Boluo county of Guangdong province, who is now being hospitalized in critical condition with the H7N9 infection
Earlier this week, SCMP reported that Guangdong agricultural authorities confirmed finding traces of the H7N9 virus in bird samples taken from a poultry farm in the province, two weeks after the Agriculture Minister Han Changfu said that the outbreak was only appearing in wet markets. Provincial authorities have since culled more than 80,000 live chickens.
Shanghai in January announced the suspension of live poultry sales until April 30, as the total number of infections in the city this year has come to eight.
Over 120 human H7N9 infections have been reported this year, including at least 36 deaths, although Chinese officials have not released specific numbers.