On Wednesday, in FluTrackers: Zhejiang Province Reports 10 H7N9 Cases In March, we saw the belated announcement of 10 additional H7N9 cases from Zhejiang province (buried in an EOM spreadsheet).
This winter we’ve witnessed a disappointing lack of timely and detailed avian flu reporting out of both Egypt and China (see More Than One Way to `Contain An Outbreak’).
Today, Hong Kong’s CHP takes note of those cases, along with three additional cases from Fujian and Shandong, bringing the number of cases reported out of China to 633.
10 April 2015
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (April 10) received notification of 13 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) with onset of symptoms between February 14 and March 21 from the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
The patients comprise nine men and four women aged 32 to 80 and three of them (two men and one woman) died. Ten cases are from Zhejiang, two are from Fujian and one is from Shandong.
To date, 633 cases of human H7N9 infection have been reported by the Mainland health authorities cumulatively since 2013. In the third wave since November 2014, 193 cases have been reported in the Mainland, including 72 cases in Guangdong (see attachment for geographical distribution), 39 cases in Fujian, 38 cases in Zhejiang, 17 cases in Jiangsu, seven cases in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, seven cases in Anhui, six cases in Shanghai, two cases in Hunan, two cases in Jiangxi, two cases in Shandong and one case in Guizhou.
"Locally, we will remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments," a spokesman for the DH said.
We’ve not heard anything from Guangdong province – this year’s H7N9 hotspot through the end of February – for more than a month. Hopefully we’ll see an EOM epidemiological summary from Guangdong, and other provinces, emerge in the coming days.