Human Case of Bird Flu Reported in Tibet

Local health authority reported a human infection of H7N9 bird flu in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

A migrant worker from neighboring Sichuan Province was diagnosed on April 3 and is in quarantine at Tibet’s Third People’s Hospital in Lhasa. The patient, a 41-year-old male, had been involved in live poultry trade since arriving in Lhasa in February.

His symptoms were reported to the regional disease prevention and control center on April 2 and his condition was confirmed the following day. He is the first human to get infected with H7N9 bird flu in Tibet.

Live poultry trading has been suspended across the region following the diagnosis and those who had been in close contact with the patient are under medical observation.

H7N9 is a bird flu strain first reported to have infected humans in China in March 2013. Infections are most likely to strike in winter and spring.

Two new cases of H7N9 infection were also reported from March 31 to April 6 in central China’s Hunan Province.

Experts said that people should avoid contact with dead and live poultry, and only buy poultry with quarantine certificates.

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