China has confirmed a new human case of the deadly H7N9 strain of avian flu, the country’s first reported infection since August, Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday, citing a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO). The patient, a 35-year-old man from Shaoxing in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, is in the hospital and in critical condition, according to the WHO statement. Zhejiang has recorded the highest number of H7N9 infections in the country, the report said. Some 45 people have died from H7N9 flu, which was unknown in humans until the first cases were detected in people early this year, it said, adding that there has been no known case of human-to-human transmission of the virus so far.
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