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H7N9 Cases Ebb in China as CDC Creates Vaccine Virus

30 May 2017

CHINA - The number of new H7N9 avian flu cases in China declined again last week, which if sustained would fit the pattern of a lull over the summer months.

CIDRAP reports that in US developments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it has created a candidate vaccine virus.

Nine new cases in China

Nine cases were reported in China, eight of which involved contact with poultry or their environments, according to a regular update today from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP). The weekly total is down from 16 reported the previous week.

All the patients are men, ranging in age from 36 to 74. They hail from seven different provinces across a broad part of the country. The report didn't say if any of the illnesses were fatal.

China is in its fifth and biggest H7N9 wave, and the new cases push the number of infections this season to at least 713, at least 205 of them fatal.

Read the full article on the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) website here.

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