Guangdong Province’s streak of H7N9 reports continues with two more cases reported to Hong Kong’s CHP today.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (January 31) closely monitoring two 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, a male patient aged 48 (in Jieyang) died while a female patient aged nine (in Shanwei) is in stable condition and was hospitalised for management.
To date, 504 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Zhejiang (146 cases), Guangdong (142 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).
The number of case reports in Guangdong are about on par with what we saw this time last year, unfortunately we’ve heard relatively little news from the other provinces. Hopefully we’ll get a better idea of China’s overall situation from their respective monthly provincial epidemiological reports and from China’s notifications to the World Health Organization.