Shanghai man is 38th H7N9 fatality
A 59-year-old Shanghai man died of H7N9 influenza on May 31, becoming the 38th person to succumb to the infection, according to a report from the Chinese state new agency, Xinhua. The man had been sick for nearly 2 months, the story said.
Shanghai, where two of the first three H7N9 cases were reported on Mar 31, has had 33 cases, the report said. Fifteen patients have recovered, 15 died, and 3 are still being treated.
Before the death was reported, the official World Health Organization (WHO) count for H7N9 stood at 132 cases and 37 deaths.
May 31 Xinhua story
Officials report Danish, Dutch H7 avian flu outbreaks
Outbreaks of low-pathogenicity H7 avian flu on poultry farms in Denmark and the Netherlands have led to the culling of thousands of birds in both countries to contain the virus, officials reported.
In Denmark, authorities culled 1,400 mallards and 12,500 pheasants at a game farm near the city of Viborg, according to a Jun 1 report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Surveillance turned up low-path H7 in mallards on May 31 during routine surveillance.
Jun 1 OIE report
Dutch authorities, meanwhile, culled 11,000 chickens after avian flu was detected at a farm in that country, Reuters reported Jun 1. The Dutch Economic Affairs Ministry said the chickens "were believed to have the low pathogenic H7 strain," according to the story.
Officials established a 1-kilometer safety perimeter around the farm and banned the transport of poultry, eggs, and farm products. Eleven other area farms would be tested for the virus, the story said.
In 2003 an H7N7 outbreak led to the culling of 30 million birds, about a third of the Dutch poultry flock, Reuters reported.
Jun 1 Reuters story