Monday, June 12, 2017

NHFPC Announces 72 H7N9 Cases (37 Deaths) For Month Of May


Once a month, usually between the 10th and the 15th, China's  NHFPC (National Health & Family Planning Commission) releases a bare-bones listing of the previous month's reportable infectious diseases across Mainland China.
These summaries are very short - with an attached list of over 3 dozen infectious diseases - providing only country totals, and number of deaths recorded.
With their 5th H7N9  flu season beginning in October, today's is the 8th report of this winter season, which are summarized below. 
October          2 H7N9 cases,    1 death

November:       6 H7N9 cases,    0 deaths

December:   106 H7N9 cases,  20 deaths
January:       192 H7N9 cases,  79 deaths

February      160 H7N9 cases,   61 deaths

March            96 H7N9 cases,    47 deaths
                  April              81 H7N9 cases ,   24 deaths
                  MAY              72  H7N9 cases,    37 deaths

5th Wave     715 H7N9 cases,   269 deaths

Last month's cases (n=72) are roughly 5 times higher than in any month of May since the H7N9 virus emerged in 2013, and the number of deaths announced is 50% higher than reported in April.

For the 6th month in a row, China reports no other (H5) human infections.

The (translated) text and a modified chart (highlight mine) from today's NHFPC report follows:

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