China Confirms New H7N9 Infection In Zhejiang Province

“China confirmed a new human case of the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu on Wednesday, the second infection reported in October after a summer lull,” Reuters reports. “A 67-year-old farmer in Jiaxing city in the eastern province of Zhejiang has been hospitalized with the virus, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing provincial health authorities,” the news service writes, noting, “Zhejiang has recorded the highest number of H7N9 infections anywhere in China.” Reuters adds, “Chinese authorities have reported at least 136 laboratory-confirmed human cases of the H7N9 infection” (Martina, 10/23).