Anhui & Guangdong Province
After a quiet start to this third winter wave, Anhui Province has reported its fifth H7N9 case in just under 10 days. The following statement comes from the Anhui Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission.
Anhui Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission March 3 briefing, the city added one case of H7N9 cases.
Tangmou patient, male, 50 years old, currently residing in Chaohu City, live poultry before the onset of exposure history. March 2 was diagnosed with H7N9 cases, patients are sicker, Hefei, now a hospital for treatment.
Hong Kong’s CHP also announces another case from neighboring Guangdong Province, which this year has reported (by far) more cases than any other province.
3 March 2015
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (March 3) closely monitoring an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangdong 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 female patient aged 36 in Chaozhou was hospitalised for management in critical condition.
To date, 594 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities in Guangdong (179 cases), Zhejiang (156 cases), Jiangsu (70 cases), Fujian (58 cases), Shanghai (45 cases), Hunan (24 cases), Anhui (21 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).
"Locally, we will remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments," the spokesman said.
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Outside of Guangdong province, the number of cases being reported this year is lower than last year, although it there are signs that some provinces may not be announcing cases in a timely manner. Last month some provinces buried their counts in their monthly epidemiological reports, while others were simply silent on the matter.
Elsewhere in the Chinese press this morning we’re seeing a number of articles and reports on H7N9 prevention, and specialized training for medical personnel to handle cases.
A couple of (machine translated) examples follow - first from Anhui Province, then from Guangdong:
At 09:13 on March 3, 2015
Source: Anhui Daily
WASHINGTON (correspondent reporter Wang Huihui Li Nixdorf) March spring, but also a high incidence of many infectious diseases. Hefei CDC released the 2nd disease prediction, reminding residents of this month to focus on the prevention of H7N9 influenza, measles, scarlet fever, chicken pox and other infectious diseases.
Recent domestic and province have reported new cases of H7N9 influenza confirmed, "early discovery, early reporting, early diagnosis and early treatment" is the key to diagnosis and treatment of disease. Experts remind residents of everyday life, such as heavy cold symptoms appear, must not be ignored. H7N9 influenza and influenza symptoms similar to other illnesses, such as fever, headache, cough and sore throat, etc. Therefore, if fever, stuffy nose, cough, muscle aches and other symptoms should wear a mask, as soon as possible to the hospital, and be sure to tell the doctor whether to cross himself before the onset of the avian flu epidemic, whether in contact with sick poultry, etc., and under the guidance of doctors and medication therapy. Prevention measures should minimize unnecessary contact with poultry, especially in contact with sick or dead poultry; wash their hands, stay away from poultry secretions; if contact with birds or their droppings, be sure to use disinfectant and water thoroughly Clean your hands.
March 1, Xiangqiao hold H7N9 prevention and medical treatment courses, the region's more than 500 medical staff training.
Training from Guangdong bird flu prevention and control situation, analyzes the characteristics of H7N9 viruses, clinical manifestations, interpret national health planning commission "human H7N9 avian influenza infection treatment program", requiring medical personnel found that admissions of patients with influenza-like symptoms should consult their use Oswald oseltamivir (Tamiflu) drugs, and quickly identify the cause of the disease.
Vice president of Chinese medicine Xiangqiao, doctor Xing Hongji advise that if people develop fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and other symptoms should seek immediate medical attention and inform the doctor if there is contact with live birds or recently visited live animal markets .
At the same time, the medical staff at the reception to be in strict compliance with operating procedures, do their own health protection work. After fever, headache, muscle aches, runny nose, sneezing and other patients admitted to relieve or aggravate the symptoms yet, should be transferred to the city designated hospital, the Central Hospital and the City People's Hospital.
Xiangqiao region requires all medical units to strengthen publicity and improve prevention and treatment plan, reserve-related treatment medicines, disinfectants and personal protective equipment; to be vigilant and strictly implement the fever patient's pre-triage and medical personnel self-protection, etc., suspected cases should be referred promptly to the designated hospitals, good medical treatment.
(Source: Chaozhou broadcast networks)