Considering that Guangdong province didn’t report a single case of H7N9 during the initial spring 2013 wave, it is worth noting that today they’ve taken the (perhaps, temporary) lead from Zhejiang Province in the number of cases they’ve reported (161) since the emergence of the H7N9 virus.
In fairness, Zhejiang province has not been nearly as timely in their reporting of cases this year, and so their actual count on any given day is in some doubt.
Nevertheless, Guangdong has already reported roughly 50 cases during this third wave, and continues to report new cases almost daily. This brings to 572 the number of known H7N9 cases on the Chinese mainland – more human infections over H7N9’s first 22 months than the H5N1 virus racked up globally in its first decade.
This from Hong Kong’s CHP.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (February 13) closely monitoring four 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 four patients are three males and one female aged from 51 to 82. Among them, a man aged 82 has passed away while the others are currently hospitalised for treatment and in a critical condition.
To date, 572 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities, respectively in Guangdong (161 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).