Today’s World Health Organization GAR update references four previously announced cases, all from May, including a father-son cluster in Shandong province. Interestingly, 3 of the 4 cases are listed as having no contact with live poultry.
As we saw last summer, we’ve seen a sharp drop off in human cases now that warm weather has returned to China.
While scattered cases are possible during the summer, unless something dramatic changes with the virus, it will probably be next fall before we see a significant resurgence in cases.
Disease outbreak news
10 June 2014
On 4 June 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 4 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
Details of the cases are as follows:
- A 61-year-old man from Yantai City, Shandong Province who became ill on 6 May, was admitted to a hospital on 10 May and subsequently died. The patient had exposure to live poultry. He is the father of the 33-year-old man described below.
- A 33-year-old man from Yantai City, Shandong Province who became ill on 16 May and was admitted to a hospital on the same day. He has mild symptoms of illness. The patient did not have exposure to live poultry. He is the son of 61-year-old man described above. He was living and caring for his father during his hospitalization.
- A 51-year-old man from Huaian City, Jiangsu Province, who became ill on 17 May and was admitted to a hospital on 25 May. He is currently in a severe condition. The patient had no exposure to live poultry.
- A 51-year-old woman from Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, who became ill on 22 May and was admitted to a hospital on 27 May. She is currently in a critical condition. The patient had no exposure to live poultry.