Just when we thought we’d seen the last of it, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission confirmed that a 69-year-old Shanghai resident was infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus on Saturday.
It’s unclear how the patient, surnamed Zhang, contracted the virus, although close contact with infected poultry at places such as wet markets is a typical source of transmission. Zhang is now receiving treatment at a local hospital.
The last case to be reported in the city was on December 6, when a 38-year-old man was diagnosed with the virus. His was the ninth case of H7N9 to be reported in Shanghai in 2014, while the other eight cases had all been reported last January. Seven people in total died from the virus in Shanghai last year.
The city suspended live poultry sales last year from January 31 to April 30 as a “seasonal measure” to prevent the virus from spreading. Jing’an district in July completely banned live poultry trade, and the city’s Huangpu district followed suit weeks ago. Other districts will continue to enforce the temporary suspension.
Last year, a total of 306 people in China were reported to be infected with H7N9 in the first 11 months, 130 of which cases were fatal.
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