Location Shanghai China
For nearly a month we’ve heard practically nothing regarding H7N9 cases from the Chinese mainland – case reports abruptly stopped on March 9th – a full two months earlier than previous waves would have led us to expect.
Whether this represents a true halt in cases, or a change in the way the Chinese are choosing to report cases, isn’t known. Even before this stoppage, getting timely reports out of China this winter has been difficult.
In any event, yesterday Xinhua News carried a report of an H7N9 case in Shanghai, and roughly 24 hours later there is an official notification published by Hong Kong’s CHP.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (April 5) closely monitoring an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in the Mainland, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
According to the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, a male patient aged 52 was hospitalised for management in stable condition.
To date, 619 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities in Guangdong (181 cases), Zhejiang (167 cases), Jiangsu (73 cases), Fujian (59 cases), Shanghai (46 cases), Hunan (26 cases), Anhui (24 cases), Xinjiang (10 cases), Jiangxi (10 cases), Shandong (six cases), Beijing (five cases), Henan (four cases), Guangxi (three cases), Jilin (two cases), Guizhou (two cases) and Hebei (one case).
For more on the erratic reporting of avian flu cases by both China and Egypt this winter, you may wish to revisit More Than One Way to `Contain An Outbreak’.