WHO reports spike in number of avian flu cases

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g431
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

There has been a spike in the number of cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9), with nearly 60 cases reported in China this month, the World Health Organization has confirmed.

As of 20 January WHO has reported 59 laboratory confirmed cases of the virus in humans since the beginning of the year, including three deaths. Among that number is a doctor, thought to be the first healthcare worker to die from the disease, …

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