H7N9 avian flu
The influenza A (H7N9) virus is one subgroup among the larger group of H7 viruses that normally circulate among birds. A number of human infections of the H7N9 virus have been reported in eastern China, mostly in the Yangtze River Delta region since late March 2013. Some of the patients have died of severe pneumonia brought on by the virus.
Zhejiang reports first case of H7N9 avian flu since April
A new case of H7N9 has been reported in Zhejiang province, Zhejiang health authorities announced on Tuesday.
The male patient, 35, surnamed Liu, first went to see a doctor in a rural clinic on October 8. He was being treated at a Shaoxing city hospital and remained in critical condition, according to a statement released by Zhejiang authorities.
Liu was the first in Zhejiang to have tested positive for the deadly virus since April, said health authorities.
The H7N9 bird flu virus was first reported in late March, with most cases confined to eastern China. More than 40 people have died in the latest outbreak.
Cases of H7N9 have dropped significantly in recent months.