Although China’s other provinces have been strangely quiet regarding their H7N9 cases, Guangdong Province continues to report cases on their MOH website and to neighboring Hong Kong’s CHP. Today we are informed of two more.
2015-02-03 17:24:12 Ministry of Health and Family Planning
Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province February 3 briefing, Guangzhou, Zhongshan, respectively, reported one case of H7N9 cases.
Case 1 Stuart, male, 56 years old, now living in Haizhu District of Guangzhou City. February 2 diagnosed with H7N9 cases, the patient is currently in critical condition in hospitals in Guangzhou admitted to hospital.
Case 2 text of a female, 9 months old, now living Zhongshan. February 2 diagnosed with H7N9 cases, the patient's condition is currently stable, in Jiangmen City, admitted to inpatient hospitals.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (February 3) 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, the male patient aged 56 in Guangzhou and the 9-month-old female patient in Zhongshan were hospitalised for management in critical and stable condition respectively.
To date, 506 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Zhejiang (146 cases), Guangdong (144 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).
Given the recent lack of reports from the rest of Mainland China, the totals listed in the CHP notification must admittedly be taken with a grain of salt.
We also know that – based on the number of mild or moderate cases detected – there are likely hundreds, if not thousands, of cases that go undetected (see Lancet: Clinical Severity Of Human H7N9 Infection).
But it is interesting to note – based on HK’s numbers – that Guangdong province, after not even registering a human case during the 1st wave in the spring of 2013, is now within striking distance of taking the lead from front runner Zhejiang Province.
Of course, that could quickly change with the next monthly epidemiological report from Zhejiang province.