It’s been a while. Two more human cases of the H7N9 bird flu virus were reported today in Guangdong province, according to Xinhua.
The first case, confirmed on Thursday, is an 86-year-old man from the city of Meizhou. A 37-year-old man surnamed Wu from Zhongshan city was also confirmed to have been infected with the virus on Friday, according to a statement provided by the provincial health and family planning commission. Both of the patients are in critical condition.
Reports of new H7N9 infections have been few and far between, and Shanghai recently resumed live poultry sales after a three-month long ban due to bird flu concerns (but is still urging consumers to purchase pre-frozen chickens).
More recently, China saw its first death as a result of the little-known strain of avian flu called H5N6. A 49-year-old Sichuan man earlier this month died of complications with pneumonia triggered by the virus.