Hong Kong's CHP has been notified by adjacent Guangdong province authorities of another H7N9 case, this time in Jieyang. Details are scant, with no indication of her likely exposure, although the vast majority of cases reported thus far are believed to have contracted the virus through direct contact with infected birds.
Over the course of the past four winters in China, H7N9 cases generally begin to rise in January and peak between February and April.
CHP closely monitors additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (January 6) 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 Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province, the patient is a 58-year-old woman in Jieyang. She is now hospitalised for treatment and in critical condition.
From 2013 to date, 667 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities.
(Continue . . .)