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Medical Science, China


Two more people have died from a new strain of avian influenza, bringing to 20 the number of deaths from the H7N9 virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday, Reuters reported.

Chinese authorities have notified the WHO of six new cases, bringing the total to 102. Of those, 70 are still in hospital and 12 have been discharged. Five of the new cases were in Zhejiang province and one was in Shanghai.

"Until the source of infection has been identified, it is expected that there will be further cases of human infection with the virus in China," the WHO said In a statement.


At least 5 people in Iran have died after being treated with Chinese penicillin, head of Iranian Society of experts on internal diseases, doctor Iraj Khosravinia said, Young Journalists' club website reported.

"A 40 year old man with a throat disease was injected with Penicillin, after prescription from his physician," Khosravinia said.

"After the injection, he started having chills, fever, his blood pressure level dropped, and he died in 15 minutes."


Iranian hospitals experience great shortage of quality anaesthetics, the Board Chairman of Iran's Anesthesiology Society, Mohammad Mehdi Qiyamet said, Deutche Welle reported.

"These three anaesthetics are rare here in Iran. In one of hospitals, two days without these drugs caused big problems for the patients," Qiyamet noted.

ULTIVA (remifentanil HCl), Cisatracurium besilate, and Sevoflurane are the drugs, that Iran is facing shortages with, according to Qiyamet.


Iran and China will be closely cooperating in joint medicine production, IRIB News reported.

Iran's healthcare minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi is in China, holding talks with Deputy Head of China's Food and Medicine Administration Organization Wu Chen. Dastjerdi has been in China since Sunday, upon the invitation from Chinese authorities.

According to Dastjedi, Islamic Republic of Iran currently produces 96 percent of all its medicine domestically, including biological medicaments and herbaceous drugs.