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On 31 March, the Chinese authorities announced the identification of a novel influenza A virus, A(H7N9), in three seriously ill people in two provinces. Two male cases in Shanghai without any epidemiological link aged 87 and 27 years old became ill with respiratory infections in mid to late February and both have died. In Anhui Province, a 35-year-old woman became ill on 9 March and is now in critical condition.
The Chinese CDC reports that most close contacts of the confirmed cases from Shanghai and Anhui have not shown similar symptoms so far. However, there are reports of a small family cluster of severe disease around the first case.