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H7N9: 126 cases, 24 deaths, 10 Chinese provinces and Taiwan

Poultry market in Wuhan, Hubei province.
Poultry market in Wuhan, Hubei province.

Since the bird markets were closed in affected cities the numbers have slowed however the disease remains a significant threat.  For those of you keeping track we now have a total of 126 cases and 24 deaths reported from 10 provinces in China and Taiwan.

One of the challenging aspects of H7N9 is that infected birds do not appear ill.  This means that this could go on for a very long time and in that journey there is a chance for that random mutation that creates a disease transmissible amongst humans.  We need to remain alert and stay focused.

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