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Number Of H7N9 Cases In China Will Continue To Rise, Officials Say

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of H7N9 avian influenza on mainland China, where officials say the number of cases will continue to grow.

Global Dispatch: Chinese officials predict more human H7N9 avian flu cases
“With a large spurt of new human H7N9 avian influenza cases reported so far in 2014, at least 120 news cases since Jan. 1, Chinese health officials predict that reports of the novel virus will continue on the mainland, according to a Xinhua report today…” (2/10).

Naharnet: Govt: January Worst Month in China’s Human H7N9 Outbreak
“A total of 31 people died from H7N9 bird flu in mainland China in January, the government announced Monday, making it by far the worst month in the outbreak. There were a total of 127 confirmed human H7N9 cases in January, according to a statement by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC)…” (2/10).

Radio Free Asia: Bird Flu Cases Up in China But No Human-to-Human Spread Seen
“As the number of newly reported bird flu cases rose sharply in China, experts and officials say there is still no sign that the recent strain of avian influenza is being transmitted between people…” (2/10).

WHO: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus — update
“The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China has notified WHO of seven additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including one death…” (2/11).

Xinhua: China predicts more H7N9 infections
“Health experts predicted more H7N9 cases in the near future after east China’s Anhui Province reported a new death from the virus on Monday, according to health authorities…” (2/10).