Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Media: 1 H7N9 Case In Zhejiang Province (Ningbo)

Zhejiang Province - Credit Wikipedia


Although there doesn't seem to be any official announcement yet from the Zhejiang Provincial Ministry of Health, state media outlets in China are reporting on a recently diagnosed H7N9 case in the port city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province.

Details are scant, other than reported exposure to live poultry.

Unlike the HPAI H5 viruses (H5N1, H5N8, etc) which can cause high morbidity and mortality in poultry, H7N9 is asymptomatic in most birds, and so chickens are `stealth' carriers of the virus.  Without any obvious symptoms, bird owners - and buyers - have no idea that their birds pose a human health hazard.

All of which makes the control of H7N9 extremely difficult, and the risks of exposure much higher than with the Highly pathogenic H5 viruses.


Ningbo report one case of human infection with H7N9

At 21:11 on January 5, 2016   Source: China News Network  
BEIJING, Jan. 5 Ningbo (Reporter Gilbert?) January 5, the reporter from Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province Health and Family Planning Commission was informed that, January 4 Ningbo Yinzhou report one case of human infection with H7N9 avian influenza.
According to the survey, the patients had a history of exposure to live poultry, currently, patients being treated in hospital.After the outbreak, the local government has moved quickly to the relevant epidemic control measures.
Since March 2013 the first reported cases of human infection with H7N9 avian influenza epidemic has passed several seasons in China. Authorities reminded the autumn and winter flu, H7N9 avian influenza and other respiratory diseases high season, as the weather turns cold, the risk of H7N9 infection also increases.
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