China confirms first ever human case of H7N4 bird flu

China confirms first ever human case of H7N4 bird flu

China has reported the first human case of the H7N4 strain of bird flu in a woman in an eastern coastal province, though she has since recovered.

The 68-year-old patient from Jiangsu province, who has since recovered, developed symptoms on 25 December, was admitted to hospital for treatment on 1 January and was released on 22 January.

According to Hong Kong's centre for health protection (CHP), the woman had contact with live poultry before the onset of symptoms.

"The National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China registered on February 13, 2018 the first case of human infection with the H7N4 strain of avian flu".

Chinese authorities advising Hong Kong's officials to avoid live poultry markets or farms, wet markets if traveling to the mainland during the busy Lunar New Year holiday.

"They should also avoid purchasing live or freshly slaughtered poultry, and avoid touching poultry/birds or their droppings". "According to a report from the Chinese centre for disease control and prevention, upon analysis, the genes of the virus were determined to be of avian origin". Citizens should maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene. There are nine known subtypes of H7 viruses, of which H7N4 is one and in most cases human infection is uncommon.

Since 2013, at least 600 people have died in China and more than 1,500 people have fallen sick as a result of H7N9 bird flu virus. Some 40 percent of people hospitalized with the virus die.