Guangdong province continues to find, and report, new H7N9 cases with three more added today. We are also seeing a fair amount of `noise’ in the Chinese press about the severity of this year’s epidemic, but you couldn’t prove it by the official reports we’ve seen released this month by China’s other provinces.
Of course, an absence of data doesn’t necessarily mean an absence of cases. Hopefully some of these cases will end up reported in their monthly epidemiological summaries.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s CHP has published the following notification, which makes this Guangdong’s 7th day in a row reporting 2 or more cases.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (January 29) closely monitoring three additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) 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, two male patients aged 21 (in Shenzhen) and 59 (in Meizhou) and a female patient aged 42 (in Foshan) were hospitalised for management. The male patients are in a stable condition while the female patient is in a critical condition.
To date, 502 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Zhejiang (146 cases), Guangdong (140 cases), Jiangsu (63 cases), Shanghai (44 cases), Fujian (28 cases), Hunan (24 cases), Anhui (17 cases), Jiangxi (nine cases), Xinjiang (nine cases), Shandong (six cases), Beijing (five cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Jilin (two cases), Guizhou (one case) and Hebei (one case).