BEIJING: One more death relating to H7N9 bird flu was reported Wednesday, bringing the death toll to three and the total number of infected patients to nine in China.
It was reported that two more patients from east China's Zhejiang Province were infected with the new strain of bird flu, one of them died from the virus while another has been hospitalised for better treatment.
The state-run Xinhua news agency cited the provincial health department reported that Hong, 38 died on March 27 before the provincial and national disease control centres confirmed on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, that he was infected with H7N9 avian influenza.
"The man, who worked in Jiangsu Province became ill on March 7 and was admitted to a hospital on March 18," the agency said.
Meanwhile, another patient, a retired Hangzhou man named Yang was admitted to a hospital on March 25 with cough and fever.
Xinhua reported that he was transferred to another hospital for better treatment and remained hospitalised, adding that the patient was diagnosed as being infected with the virus by both provincial and national health authorities on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
It said all 183 people who came into contact with the two men have so far shown no symptoms of fever or respiratory illness.
China confirmed its first three H7N9 bird flu cases on March 31, with two deaths reported and the other patient in severe condition.
A woman was confirmed infected with the virus on Tuesday and was being treated in a hospital's intensive care unit.
In another development, Beijing municipal government will set up an expert team to evaluate the severity and risk of the H7N9 bird flu, reported Xinhua.
"Hospitals in Beijing have been directed to include testing for H7N9 in routine monitoring, and started training their staff in treating pneumonia caused by unknown factors," Xinhua added.
Meanwhile, the Shanghai Animal Disease Prevention and Control Centre has tested 34 samples of pig bodies pulled from the Huangpu River, Shanghai and found no bird flu virus.
Earlier last month, some 16,000 pig bodies were found in the river and raised public concerns if the H7N9 cases could be related to the carcasses. - BERNAMA