A new human case of H7N9 bird flu has been confirmed in Zhejiang province, the fourth on the mainland in three weeks, the South China Morning Post reported Thursday. Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection has been notified by China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission that a 64-year-old woman became ill on October 30 and was in critical condition, the paper said. No public announcement about the case had been made by the commission or state media as of last night. “We expect to continue to see a small number of sporadic cases. To date, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission,” Bernhard Schwartlander, the World Health Organisation representative in China, was quoted as saying.
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