From the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province website this morning we get notification of a new H7N9 case – this time a 39 year-old male from Dongguan City (note: In early Nov a 3-year-old boy in Dongguan, was hospitalized with the H7N9 virus)- who is currently listed in critical condition.
Just 50 miles from Hong Kong, Dounguan City is a highly industrialized prefecture-level city in central Guangdong province which is divided into 32 towns (districts), and is home to more than 6 million people. Fenggang Town, where this patient lives, sits in the far southeast edge of the city, and has a population over over 300,000.
Thus far, there is no announcement on the Hong Kong CHP or government sites, but I’ll post an update when one becomes available. A h/t to @Pandemic_news for tweeting a link to an ifeng media story that led me to the official announcement.
2013-12-15 17:46:31 Ministry of Health and Family Planning Commission | Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province on December 15 briefing, Guangdong new case of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza.
Hemou patient, male, 39 years old, Nanchong City, Sichuan Province, who now live in Fenggang Town, Dongguan City. December 14, Dongguan Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention throat swab specimens of patients infected with human H7N9 avian influenza nucleic acid as positive. December 15 provinces by the CDC to review the results for the same. Currently patients in critical condition.
After receiving the report, I have appointed the night sent the provincial CDC and the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical College, Dongguan Institute of Respiratory Diseases experts to assist in the investigation and treatment of patients. Provinces expert group to rescue the patient, carry out epidemiological investigations immediately on 53 close contacts were under medical observation, and given the anti-flu drug Tamiflu to prevent, not currently found exception.
Updated: 0800 hrs EST
Hong Kong’s RTHK is now reporting the story as well:
2013-12-15 HKT 20:51
Centre for Health Protection has received the Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission, reporting a case of human infection with avian influenza A H7N9 confirmed cases involving Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, a 39-year-old man.
The spokesman said that the patient is currently receiving treatment at a local hospital, is currently in critical condition. Samples from the patient by the Guangdong provincial health authorities laboratory confirmed to be H7N9 avian influenza virus were positive, and today confirmed.
CHP said that the Guangdong provincial health authorities have on patients 53 close contacts, implement medical observation, is not currently found exception.
The spokesman said that the mainland has confirmed 141 human cases of avian influenza A H7N9 cases, of which there are 51 in Zhejiang, Shanghai has 33, 28, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, 6, 5, Fujian, Anhui, 4, 4, Henan, Shandong 2, 2, Hunan, Beijing 2, 3, Guangdong and Hebei 1.