Image credit: @doug88.
When two people died and another was hospitalised after contracting a previously unseen strain of bird flu in Shanghai, people were understandably concerned. Particularly given this country’s less than stellar record when it comes to dealing with epidemics. Now another case of the disease has been recorded in Nanjing.
A Weibo user going by the name ‘Phoenix’ and who claims to be an administrative director at Nanjing’s Drum Tower Hospital, posted a photo of a patient’s diagnosis online on Tuesday afternoon.
The diagnosis said that a 45-year-old Jiangsu woman, who worked as a poultry butcher at a local market, had fallen ill with a fever and a cough sometime in March. Her condition worsened on March 24 when she was sent to intensive care. On March 30, doctors confirmed that the patient was infected with H7N9 avian influenza and she was quarantined.
Though the original post has been deleted, the image was copied and circulated widely. Authorities have yet to comment on the veracity of the reports. A recent report by Xinhua on the central government’s efforts to monitor the spread of the virus does not mention the case in Nanjing.