According to local health authorities, “A 48-year-old man from Jieyang City died on Thursday and was later confirmed infected of thewith bird flu," while "another 9-year-old girl from Shanwei City was confirmed infected on Friday.”
The girl is said to be in a stable condition after medical treatment, Xinhua reported the authorities as saying in a statement published on Saturday. According to the agency, as a result of the spread of the virus, thousands of chickens have been culled in Guangdong and Hong Kong, and restrictions have been put on the trade in live poultry, in an effort to halt transmission.
The first case of H7N9 bird flu in humans was reported in China in March 2013, after which an outbreak occurred in Spring 2013 which resulted in 132 human infections and claimed the lives of 44 people, the WHO reports. The organization estimates the overall fatality rate from the virus to be 22 percent, based on confirmed cases. To date there has been no sustained evidence of human- to to-human transmission of the disease.
On January 26 the Public Health Agency of Canada stated that a husband and wife from British Columbia had also been diagnosed with the disease, having recently returned to Canada from China. The health authority however advised that these were "isolated cases,” and the risk to Canadians of H7N9 is “very low.” Canada's CBSNews reporteds that the couple, the first people in North America known to be diagnosed with the virus, have both recovered.