Getting `real time' data on bird flu activity in China has grown increasingly difficult over the past couple of years, with some case announcements coming days, weeks, or even months after the fact.
We are able to pick up occasional media reports, and some provinces will post a small notice, but increasingly provinces have resorted to burying their data in the fine print of their monthly epidemiological reports.
Guangdong Province, which has been a notorious hot spot for H7N9 (reporting 194 cases over 4 years), has only reported 1 case since this 5th winter avian flu season began (Oct 1st).
This is particularly suspicious because Hong Kong has already reported two cases with travel history to Guangdong Province, and Macao saw 1 case in a poultry vendor selling chickens imported from Guangdong province.
Today, buried once again in an obscure EOM epidemiological report (see December 2016 Guangdong statutory A and B infectious diseases morbidity, mortality tables), we learn that there have actually been 14 H7N9 cases (7 fatal) in that Province in the month of December.
This from the Guangdong Provincial government website.
Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission announced in December 2016 the province's statutory reporting infectious diseasesWhile I haven't had time to follow all of the links, it appears that there will be several more H7N9 reports yet to add this morning.
2017-01-05 15:26:54 Ministry of Health and Family Planning Commission
December 2016 (at 0:00 on December 1, 2016 to December 31 24), the province reported a total of A and B infectious diseases 33,430 cases, 134 people died. Among them, the CPI report no infectious diseases. B In addition to SARS, polio, highly pathogenic avian influenza, anthrax, meningitis and diphtheria incidence and deaths have been reported outside the remaining 20 infectious diseases are being reported. Which reported H7N9 cases, 14 cases, 3 cases located in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, two cases, one case of Dongguan, Zhongshan one case, three cases of Jiangmen, Zhaoqing two cases, two cases of Jieyang.
December reported incidence of the top five B infectious diseases were: hepatitis B, tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhea and hepatitis C, accounting for 94.41% of the total incidence; report the number of disease deaths top three are: AIDS, H7N9 and tuberculosis, accounting for 92.54 percent of total deaths.
December province reported a total of 36,144 cases of Class C infectious diseases, and 1 died. Reported incidence of the top three diseases were: foot and mouth disease, other infectious diarrhea and influenza, accounting for 94.02 percent of the total reported incidence of Class C infectious diseases.
Annex: December 2016 Guangdong statutory A and B infectious diseases morbidity, mortality tables
Stay tuned. . . .