Bird Flu Still Active – and Killing Around the Globe

Bird Flu Still Active – and Killing Around the Globe

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Bird Flu Kills 33 in Chile

An outbreak of H1N1 flu virus in Chile is still killing people – especially in northern Chile, where the rate of infection is more than six times higher than the rest of the country and 12 people have died recently, authorities said (July 2013).

Enrique Paris, president of the Medical Association said:

“The average across the country is 24 patients per 100,000 residents, but in Tarapaca, in the past week, the rate was 148 patients per 100,000 residents.”

It is thought that around 300 people have been infected since June.

According to local authorities, all those who have died suffered from chronic underlying conditions.

Jaime Manalich, the Health Minister said:

"Today it appears to be under control, I say this with extreme caution. In epidemiologic week number 27, we do not have serious new cases. We just have three patients with the flu in the intensive care unit of the hospital of the town of Iquique ...and ...walk-in consultations due to the flu have fallen 25% from what we had before."

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Bird Flu kills 9 people so far this year in Cambodia

Bird Flu is still active in Cambodia – claiming its 9th victim this year (July 2013).

There have been 14 confirmed cases – and 5 survivors (64% mortality rate).

Health Minister Mam Bunheng said

"Avian influenza H5N1 remains a serious threat to the health of all Cambodians. Children also seem to be most vulnerable and are at high risk because they like to play where poultry are found."

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H7N9 Bird Flu Variant Responsible for At Least 37 Deaths in China

 

Research published in the journal Nature records the current state of infection of H7N9 Avian Influenza in China.

This new Bird Flu variant - H7N9 – is said to have been responsible for at least 37 deaths in China so far – and “has the potential to spark a global outbreak”.

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