Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Xinhua: H7N9 Case In Fujian Province

Fujian Province - Credit Wikipedia


Although I find no official notice on the Fujian Health Ministry website, Xinhua (English) News is carrying the following report of what seems to be the 1st H7N9 case in Fujian Province of this 4th epidemic season.

First the report, then I'll return with a bit more.

Source: Xinhua   2016-01-19  21:41:49

XIAMEN, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- East China's Fujian Province on Tuesday confirmed its first human infection of H7N9 bird flu virus this winter.

The patient from Zhangpu County was confirmed to have the virus on Saturday. The patient is being treated and is in stable condition, the local publicity department said.

The county authorities have ordered to halt livestock sales in three townships in a bid to reduce the risk of infection.

On Tuesday, health authorities in Shanghai said that one of the city's two confirmed H7N9 patients has basically recovered and another is no longer critical.

The two are a 59-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman. 
Editor: Xiang Bo

Fujian Province ranks #4 overall in the number of reported human H7N9 cases, with the last case reported a 5 year old girl from Quanzhou, who recovered as of May 10th, 2015

This year, Zhejiang Province (which leads overall) has reported the most cases with 19, followed by Guangdong Province with 5. Whatever Guangdong Province has been missing in terms of H7N9 activity has been made up for by 5 recent H5N6 infections.

Credit HK CHP - Jan 19th Report

Whether the lack of reported cases during this 4th winter in provinces like Anhui, Shandong, or Henan reflect a change in the distribution of the virus, changes in human behavior around birds, or are the result of less stringent surveillance and reporting is unknown.

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