Friday, January 24, 2014

Beijing, Zhejiang, Guangdong All Announce New H7N9 Cases

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Our morning round up of H7N9 case adds 10 new cases, although it is possible we’ll hear of additional cases later in the day. In addition to fresh reports Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces – both of which have reported multiple cases over the past few weeks – today Beijing announces their first case since May of last year.

 

First stop, this brief report from Xinhua News.

 

Beijing reports human H7N9 bird flu case

English.news.cn   2014-01-24 18:10:32
 

BEIJING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- A man in Beijing has been confirmed to have contracted H7N9 bird flu, the first case reported in the city this year, authorities confirmed on Friday.

The city's disease control and prevention center said the man tested positive for H7N9 bird flu on Thursday night.

He is receiving treatment at Ditan Hospital.

The center said the patient had bought pigeons and ate them before being admitted to the hospital.

Additional information is not available.

It is the first human H7N9 case reported in Beijing this year. Last year, a seven-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy were confirmed to have caught the flu strain in the city on April 13 and May 28. No deaths were reported.

 

Next stop is Zhejiang Province, which has seen (by far) the most reported infections from the H7N9 virus. In just the past 24 hours the decision has been made to close some of the live markets – the suspected source of many infections – in the urban areas of Hangzhou (see Xinhua report Hangzhou, Shanghai to halt live poultry trading) after 15 consecutive days of reporting new cases.

 

Today, Zhejiang’s Ministry of Health announces 7 new cases.

 

Zhejiang Province 7 new cases of human infection of bird flu H7N9

January 24, 2014

Zhejiang Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission January 24 briefing, the province today added seven cases of human infection with H7N9 avian influenza.


1, patients Yang Moumou, female, 76 years old, retired, Yuyao people. January 23 confirmed human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. Is now in critical condition, in Hangzhou, a hospital for treatment.

2, patients with a certain song, female, 44 years old, individuals, now living in Ningbo Yinzhou District. January 23 confirmed human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. Now the condition is severe, in Ningbo, a hospital for treatment.

3, the patient Yu Moumou, female, 23 years old, staff, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou people. January 23 confirmed human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. Now the condition is severe, treatment in a hospital in Hangzhou.

4, patients Zhou Moumou, female, 82 years old, retired, Hangzhou city people. January 23 confirmed human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. Is now in critical condition, in Hangzhou, a hospital for treatment.

5, patients Zhou Moumou, male, 73 years old, retired, Shaoxing City people. January 23 confirmed human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. Is now in critical condition, a hospital for treatment in Shaoxing.

6, the patient Jiang Moumou, female, 62 years old, farmer, Shaoxing Bridge District people. January 23 confirmed human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. Is now in critical condition, a hospital for treatment in Shaoxing.

7, the patient Ren Moumou, male, 33 years old, farmer, Shaoxing Paojiang people. January 23 confirmed human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. Is now in critical condition, a hospital for treatment in Shaoxing.

 

And our last stop is Guangdong province, which reports two new cases today.

 

Province added two cases of human infection with H7N9 avian influenza cases, two cases were cured

Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province on January 24 briefing, Meizhou, Huizhou City, and were reported confirmed cases of H7N9 avian influenza case of human infection.


Case 1 Yuan Mou, female, 58 years old, currently residing in Boluo, January 24 confirmed cases of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza, the patient is currently in critical condition in the Guangzhou designated hospital admission.

Case 2 Mou, male, aged 52, now lives Xingning Meizhou City, January 24 confirmed cases of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza, the patient is currently in critical condition, in Meizhou City, the designated hospital admission.

Also, Foshan cases diagnosed January 5 and January 10 Xiemou diagnosed Ryu were cured and discharged on January 24. As of January 24, 2014, the province a total of nine cases of human infection with the H7N9 avian flu cured.

 

 

For the most complete, and continually updated list of H7N9 cases, you can’t do better than FluTrackers Linked Line Listings, which includes bulleted information on each case, plus links to the original reports.

 

While this daily parade of fresh cases is obviously a concern, thus far we haven’t seen any epidemiological evidence to indicate the virus is transmitting between humans in an efficient or sustained manner.

 

That said, there are a great many unanswered questions regarding how this virus is infecting humans, the incidence of mild or asymptomatic cases in the population, and its reservoir host.  With reports coming from multiple provinces – including the capital, Beijing – the virus is obviously widespread, and we should fully expect to see a good many more cases in the coming days and weeks.

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