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China has reported its first death from the H7N9 bird flu virus in 2014 after a significant drop-off in fatalities following an outbreak last year.
BEIJING: China has reported its first death from the H7N9 bird flu virus in 2014 after a significant drop-off in fatalities following an outbreak last year.
A patient in the southern province of Guangdong died of the disease on Monday, the provincial health authority said on its website on Tuesday.
The latest death appears to be the first in mainland China since November.
Official statistics compiled by China's health ministry show that by the end of October last year, there had been 136 H7N9 cases and 45 deaths.
The ministry separately announced another three cases and one death for the month of November last year, while provincial governments have reported additional cases.
In Hong Kong, a man infected with the strain died late last month, the city's first such fatality.
The H7N9 outbreak began in China in February last year and reignited fears that a virus could mutate to become easily transmissible, potentially triggering a pandemic.
Deaths, however, have dropped significantly since the end of June last year.
Besides Hong Kong, other cases of H7N9 infection have also been reported in Taiwan.