SOURCE: AvianFluTalk

April 17, 2013 11:53 ET

Bird Flu Cases Rise to Nearly 100 as Death Toll Mounts; Majority of Cases Are Hospitalized and Not Recovering

LONG BEACH, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 17, 2013) -, created in 2005 as the first ever website and online discussion forum to track the threat of an avian flu pandemic, has announced that the bird flu outbreak in China is far from being controlled. 

China has confirmed another four cases of bird flu today bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 82 with 16 of those dead. To date, all cases but two are still hospitalized with no reports of their condition improving. 

What's concerning is that Chinese officials are not updating the public as to the condition of those still hospitalized as the death toll continues to mount. China was criticized for covering up the initial SARS outbreak in 2003 as well as waiting 20 days to report the first infected case of the new H7N9 bird flu.

The WHO and Chinese officials claim that there is no evidence of any cases involving human-to-human transmission, despite reports of two family clusters who had no contact with poultry along with a reported human case in which the infected person displayed no symptoms, but who was dubbed a "carrier" of the virus. Officials earlier this week stated that approximately 40% of all cases had no contact with poultry. 

AvianFluTalk is concerned there are several cases involving limited human-to-human transmission and that Chinese officials are under-reporting cases along with downplaying the situation as they try to control the outbreak, of which all attempts to date have clearly failed as cases continue to rapidly rise. 

Scientists are concerned that the bird flu virus will continue to spread increasing the chance of it mutating further and evolving into a pandemic flu.

For more information about this situation and to see what people from all around the world are saying about the new bird flu, visit the online discussion forum at

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