For the second day in a row (see yesterday’s report Guangdong Reports 2 New H7N9 Cases) Hong Kong’s CHP is reporting their notification of two H7N9 cases from Shenzhen in neighboring Guangdong Province. I’ve not yet found any statements on the Shenzhen CDC and Guangdong Health & Family Planning websites.
13 January 2015
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (January 13) closely monitoring two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Shenzhen notified by the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province (GDHFPC), and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
According to the GDHFPC, the two patients involved a 57-year-old woman who is currently hospitalised for treatment in critical condition, and a 41-year-old man who is now hospitalised for treatment in stable condition.
To date, 462 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Zhejiang (141 cases), Guangdong (119 cases), Jiangsu (59 cases), Shanghai (42 cases), Hunan (24 cases), Fujian (23 cases), Anhui (17 cases), Jiangxi (eight cases), Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (eight cases), Beijing (five cases), Shandong (five cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Jilin (two cases), Guizhou (one case) and Hebei (one case).
I would also note that there are media reports today of (5) additional cases in Fujian Province this morning, including a fatality in a 12 year old boy, but I’ve been unable to find anything `official’ posted anywhere. It isn’t entirely clear whether these are all new cases, or if some may have been included in last week’s report (see Fujian Province Reports 6 H7N9 Cases In December).
In the early going, frustratingly the reporting of cases out of some of China’s provinces appears as if it may not be as robust or timely as we came to expect during the first two H7N9 waves.