Although technically only a `suspected’ case until test results can be verified by China’s CDC, Guangdong Province is reporting a positive local test for the H7N9 virus in a 51 year-old woman hospitalized in Huizhou City.
Details are sketchy, but given its close proximity to Hong Kong (about 94 km away), we may see a more informative update later today from Hong Kong’s CHP.
In the meantime we have the (translated) bulletin from the Guangdong Department of Health, and a short report from Xinhua News.
Guangdong Provincial Health Department on August 9 Bulletin, Guangdong Province found a case of human infection with the H7N9 avian influenza suspected cases.
August 6, Huizhou City Center for Disease Control found during routine monitoring in Huizhou Central Hospital, a 51-year-old woman censorship ILI samples of H7N9 positive screening, the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control experiments review was positive, with The case of live poultry exposure history to determine the initial human infection of avian influenza H7N9 suspected cases.
The provincial government attaches great importance to go all out patient treatment, and to identify the source and take measures to prevent the spread. Provincial Health Department has sent experts to the scene to guide prevention and control of H7N9 clinical treatment, epidemiological investigation, and prevention and control work. Huizhou Municipal Center for Disease Control has implemented 36 close contacts under medical observation, the current is not abnormal.
In accordance with the provisions of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control samples have been sent to the China Disease Prevention and Control Center be retested to confirm.
This report from Xinhua News.
English.news.cn 2013-08-09 17:25:36
GUANGZHOU, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- A new suspected case of human infection of the H7N9 strain of avian influenza was reported on Friday in south China's Guangdong Province.
The Guangdong Provincial Department of Heath announced that the sample from a female patient in Huizhou City had tested positive for the virus in initial tests on Tuesday.
The 51-year-old woman had reported contacts with live poultry, the department said.
The sample has been submitted to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation, it said.
Today’s report is the first new H7N9 case announced by China since July 20th (see CHP: New H7N9 Case Reported In China).
While Guangdong Province had previously reported the H7N9 virus in poultry (see H7N9: Guangdong Poultry Sample Tests Positive) – if verified – this would become this province’s first confirmed human infection.