Although their Ministry of Health Website hasn’t updated with any cases since the 12th, Guangdong Province continues to notify Hong Kong’s CHP of new H7N9 cases, with their 53rd case of this 3rd wave announced today.
Other provinces are being far more circumspect in their reporting of cases, usually doing so only in batches - every few weeks – instead of daily.
Meanwhile, the largest annual human migration on the planet is well underway as hundreds of millions of Asians travel to their hometowns to celebrate the Lunar New Year (aka The Spring Festival) with family and friends (see Health Vigilance Urged For China’s Spring Festival).
The Year of the Goat kicks off on February 19th, but this heavy `travel season’ will continue for several more weeks.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (February 14) closely monitoring an additional human case 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, the patient is a 45-year-old man who lives in Meizhou. He is currently hospitalised for treatment and in a critical condition.
To date, 573 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Guangdong (162 cases), Zhejiang (156 cases), Jiangsu (70 cases), Fujian (58 cases), Shanghai (45 cases), Hunan (24 cases), Anhui (17 cases), Xinjiang (10 cases), Jiangxi (nine cases), Shandong (six cases), Beijing (five cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Jilin (two cases), Guizhou (one case) and Hebei (one case).