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Jiangsu.NET has tracked down the development for H7N9 Avian Influenza pandemic cases identified in many cities of Jiangsu, including Nanjing, Suzhou, Changzhou, Suqian and Wuxi since March this year.

In May, 4 H7N9 avian flu patients were discharged from Gulou Hospital in Nanjing on May 15. A simple send-off ceremony was held by the hospital.

Gulou Hospital is one of hospitals where has admitted 6 H7N9 cases since March 27, among whom 2 are still in critical condition, including Nanjing’s first H7N9 patient, surnamed Xu from Jiangning District. Though still in ICU, Ms. Xu can already breathe without the aid of respirator. Another ICU patient is also recovering. Many other hospitals have have also admitted other bird flue patients.

Medical staff from the hospital’s infectious disease department told the reporter, the H7N9 virus would do damage to the patients’ lungs and could lead to pulmonary fibrosis, but it will get better with time. The hospital has scheduled a time table for the first follow-up visits to the patients, and will initiate a long-term follow-up plan.

According to the Department of Health of Jiangsu Province, the number of H7N9 infections has been decreasing. No new cases are reported in the past 20 consecutive days. Wu said, on current trends, the H7N9 influenza is coming to an end in Jiangsu.

Jiangsu has confirmed 27 H7N9 cases so far, with 10 discharged from hospital, 1 self-cured and 8 ended in death. Among the 8 cases still in treatment, most are in stable condition.

Except H7N9 virus infection, another flue virus MERS-CoV found first established in Middle East has recently reported spreading to Italy and Britain. MERS-CoV is also a deadly virus and have caused 50% higher death in its patients.


Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 15:43