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China reports over 100 H7N9 cases since last fall

TAIPEI -- China has reported more than one hundred human infections of the avian influenza A (H7N9) virus since last fall, including this year's first reported case in Beijing, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday.

Of the 101 cases reported so far, 50 have come from the coastal province of Zhejiang, including seven reported Friday and five more reported a day before. Ten cases so far have been fatal.

Guangdong Province reported two new cases Friday — one man and one woman, both in their fifties.

Guangdong has reported 28 cases, Shanghai eight, Jiangsu Province three, Fujian Province seven and Hong Kong three (all of which were imported from neighboring Guangdong), according to CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw.

The Beijing infection, meanwhile, is a man in his fifties who had been in contact with live birds, the CDC said. The patient was reportedly quarantined.

The number could increase to ten new cases each day after the Lunar New Year holiday ends in the first week of February, cautioned Chou, urging travelers to avoid going to markets where live poultry is sold or coming in contact with wild birds.

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