Health authorities of Fujian in southeastern China, confirmed on Wednesday the first death of the year for avian influenza in the country. The patient was the province of Xiamen. According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, four other people were diagnosed with the virus, disease-causing H7N9 – three of them are in serious condition.
Bird flu has also been detected in four more people of Guangdong Province, which borders Hong Kong and Macao. The Chinese authorities have warned at the beginning of the month, the season of highest incidence of the disease occurs at this time of year.
Last year, the country recorded the first human infections of three avian influenza virus variants: H10N8, H6N1 and H7N9, being that the latter type is the deadliest. The H5N1 strain of the virus, another caused more than 300 human deaths since 2003.