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WHO Reports 2 New Confirmed Cases Of H7N9 In China

“The [WHO] said Wednesday that China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission has notified it of two new laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus,” RTT News reports. “The U.N. health agency said in a statement that one of the new patients was a three-year-old boy from Guangdong Province who had contact with live poultry,” the news service writes, adding, “The second patient is a 64-year-old woman farmer from Zhejiang Province” who also had contact with live poultry (11/6). “In an article in the medical journal Lancet published last week, Hong Kong and mainland researchers suggested a complete closure of live poultry markets to eliminate the risk of human infection from H7N9, should the deadly bird flu strain spread again in the cold winter months,” South China Morning Post notes (Boehler, 11/6).