Source: Wall Street Journal | Page: A9
By: Chin, Josh
Chinese health officials are reporting that a new strain of avian influenza, known as H7N9, has taken the life of three people in the country and infected six others. The most recent death, on March 27, was of a man in Zhejiang province who was infected while working in Jiangsu province, where four other H7N9 cases have been reported. The other two deaths took place in Beijing in early March. Health officials have not found any links between the cases and say there appears to be no evidence of person-to-person transmission. According to reports, the Chinese Center for Disease Prevention and Control has established a program to screen for H7N9 among patients diagnosed with pneumonia.