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Jan 6, 2015

11:41:54 GMT--Biological Hazard - Asia - China

EDIS Number: BH-20150106-46570-CHN

Date / time: 06/01/2015 11:39:41 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: Asia

Country: China

State/County: Province of Guangdong

Location: Shenzhen

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: 1 person(s)

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Shenzhen City in south China's Guangdong Province on January 5 reported a new human infection of H7N9 bird flu. A girl aged 6 has tested positive for H7N9 and is hospitalized, the Guangdong Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement. Her case is described as "mild". Shenzhen reported its first H7N9 human case this winter on December 30, 2014. Both victims are residents of the city's Longhua New District which has now closed its live poultry markets. Most bird flu cases in humans come from exposure to infected poultry. Authorities in Guangdong and Hong Kong in January culled thousands of chickens after exports to Hong Kong were found to be infected with the virus. Hong Kong raised its response level in hospitals to "serious" from "alert", after a 68-year-old woman was hospitalized on December 25 with H7N9, the region's first case since early 2014. The woman had arrived from Shenzhen two weeks before.

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